07 August 2020, New Delhi: ‘Devlali-Danapur Kisan Rail’ was flagged off today by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar along with Union Railways Minister Piyus Goyal. It rail will help in a seamless transportation of perishables, including of milk, meat and fish. The Kisan Rail has been set up through PPP arrangements.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar said that Kisan Rail will help transport the produce of farmers to different parts of the country at a nominal cost.
Mr. Piyush Goyal mentioned that the Ministry of Railways is also working for increasing food chain supply so that farmers could get higher prices for their crops.
In order to serve the purpose of the farming community of the country, Kisan Rail trains will run with multi commodities, multi-consignors and multi consignees. These trains will run between fixed Origin–Destination pairs with en-route stoppages, and loading/ unloading shall be permitted at any of the en-route stoppage.
The Origin–Destination pairs, routes, stoppages, and frequency of the train shall be decided jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Railways. Indian Railways will plan to run the trains accordingly.
The first-mile arrangements including aggregation of consignments through FPOs, warehousing, setting-up of temperature-controlled storages, etc. shall be coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare.
MoA&FW will also promote startups in agri-infrastructure, promotion of new FPOs and strengthening of existing FPOs for backward integration. The Ministry will provide details of Production Centres on the Kisan Special Routes along with seasonality of produce.