India’s first “Kisan Rail” from Devlali (Maha) to Danapur (Bihar) starts Friday

New Delhi: Indian Railways will introduce “Kisan Rail”, a special Parcel Train from Devlali (Maharashtra) to Danapur (Bihar) on Friday on a weekly basis.
As announced in the current year’s Union Budget by the Finance Minister, India’s first “Kisan Rail” will leave Devlali at 1100 hrs heading for Danapur after it is flagged off via video conferencing by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchyati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal. The event will be attended by other dignitaries from Maharashtra.
The train will run on a weekly basis with initial composition of 10 +1 VPs. The train will reach Danapur at 1845 hrs the next day covering 1,519 km in 31 hours and 45 minutes.
The train will provide seamless supply chain of perishable produce and is a step towards realising the goal of doubling farmers’incomes by 2022. Indian Railways aims to help double farmers’ income with the launch of Kisan Rail which will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time.
The train with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.
Over Central Railway, Bhusawal Division is primarily an agro based division. Nashik and its surrounding region produce 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.
This train has been provided scheduled halts at Nashik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.
The chargeable rates for major pair of stations of freight per tonne are: Nashik Road/Devlali to Danapur – Rs 4001 (Freight per Tonne), Manmad to Danapur – Rs 3849 (Freight per Tonne), Jalgaon to Danapur – Rs. 3513, Bhusawal to Danapur – Rs 3459, Burhanpur to Danapur – Rs 3323, Khandwa to Danapur – Rs 3148.
Indian Railways have earlier run single commodity special trains like Banana Specials but this will be the first ever multi commodity trains and will carry fruits like Pomegranate, Banana, and Grapes and vegetables like Capsicum, Cauliflower, Drumsticks, Cabbage, Onion, Chillies among others. Aggressive marketing is being done with local farmers, loaders, APMC and individuals. Demand is being aggregated. It is expected that the train will be patronised well and will be a great help to the farmers, as freight of this train will be charged as per parcel tariff of normal train (P Scale).