Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar flagged off the country’s first Kisan Special Parcel Train or Kisan Rail through video link.
The first train will transport material between Maharashtra’s Devlali and Bihar’s Danapur Railway station. The Kisan Rail will carry fruits and vegetables and will make stoppages at several stations and pick-up and deliver them.
The train will cover a distance of one thousand 519 kilometres in around 32 hours. It will halt at Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, ltarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar.
Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, Kisan Rail will prove to be a milestone and will bring prosperity to farmers.
He said, for transportation of Agri Products, Kisan Rail was announced in the Budget. He said, due to the Corona pandemic, all development works were stopped but due to efforts of hardworking farmers agriculture was not affected in the country.
Thanking the Railway Ministry, Mr Tomar said, there was no crisis of foodgrains during this covid pandemic as 4 thousand 6 hundred 10 trains transported foodgrains in 96 routes.
Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal said, Kisan Rail will help farmers become Atma Nirbhar self-dependent and bring prosperity to their lives. He said, on this day in 1853 first train ran between Boribunder to Thane and in 2020 it is again making history with Kisan Rain. The Minister said, during Covid-19 crisis, foodgrain supply by Railways has been doubled.
With the launch of Kisan Rail, the Railways aims to help in double farmers’ income. The Railway Ministry said, this will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time. The Kisan Rail train with frozen containers is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.