The Railway and Agriculture ministries are currently working to institutionalize some Indian Railways corridors or routes to make them season specific to a vegetable or a fruit.
The Central Railway zone's Sangola recently registered the best ever loading of 187.41 tonnes.
Kisan Rail Train Service: The newly launched Kisan Rail by Indian Railways gets an overwhelming response! The Central Railway zone’s Sangola recently registered the best ever loading of 187.41 tonnes of as many as 15,477 packages, according to details shared by the Railway Ministry. A few days ago, the railway zone issued a statement mentioning that the country’s first Kisan Rail that started operations on Central Railway network from 7 August 2020 has now become a trend setter as it now runs between Devlali and Muzaffarpur triweekly. Up to 2 October 2020, the Kisan Rail train carried 5,223 tonnes in 19 trips. Perishable items such as pomegranate (anar), green chilli, capsicum, lemon, ginger, iced fish are transported in Kisan Rail.
Indian Railways gets overwhelming response for Kisan Rail.
Recently, some routes across the Indian Railways network were identified by the government to run Kisan Rail train services such as Mango special, Banana Special, Sapota Special, Onion Special, etc. The Railway and Agriculture ministries are currently working to institutionalize some Indian Railways corridors or routes to make them season specific to a vegetable or a fruit. Other than fruits and vegetables, the plan also includes transporting meat and fish in refrigerated containers in the near future. So far, the government has identified the following routes and seasons to run Kisan Rail:
Onion Special and Banana Special Kisan Rail to run from Nashik and Jalgaon to Delhi between March and December
Mango Special Kisan Rail to run from Andhra Pradesh to the national transporter between April and June
Banana Special Kisan Rail for export, to run from Anantpur to Mumbai’s JNPT
Sapota Special Kisan Rail to run from Navsari, Valsad, Surat in Gujarat to Delhi between April and November
Protein Special Kisan Rail for packaged meat, to run from Dadri or Kanpur areas in UP to ports of Mumbai and Gujarat (already an established route)