Indian Railways has introduced its first “Kisan Rail” to Danapur from Devlali on Thursday.
The train was flagged off through video conferencing by Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.
The train will run on a weekly basis with an initial composition of 10 parcel vans and a luggage van. The train will reach Danapur at 18:45 hrs on Saturday, covering the journey of 1519 km in 31:45 hrs. Train No 00108 Weekly Kisan Rail will depart Danapur at 12.00 noon every Sunday and reach Devlali at 19.45 hrs the next day.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar said that Kisan Rail was announced in the budget. Agriculture produces need the best possible distribution and returns. “Indian farmers have proved that they would never be deterred by any calamity or challenges. Kisan Rail will ensure that agro-products reach from one corner to another corner of the country. This train will also benefit farmers and consumers.”
Kisan Rail will be game-changer in ensuring fast transportation of agriculture produce across the nation, he added.
Mr. Goyal said that the train would serve as a milestone in doubling farmers’ income. Foodgrains’ freight had doubled during the Corona period. “I am looking forward to seeing the day when the apples of Kashmir reach Kanniyakumari through Kisan Rail.”
The Central Railway’s Bhusawal Division is primarily an agro-based division. Nasik and the surrounding region produce a huge quantity of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, other perishables, onions and other agro products. These perishables are mainly transported to areas around Patna, Prayagraj, Katni and Satna and nearby towns and cities.
This train has scheduled halts at Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.
The Kisan Rail will provide a good market to farmers for their produce. Aggressive marketing is being done by Central Railway with coordination of local farmers, businessmen and APMC so that maximum farmers can benefit.