Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of India, flagged off the India’s first Kisan Rail from Devlali to Danapur on 07.08.2020 (Through Video link). Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry, Government of India presided over the function. Shri Suresh Angadi, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways, Shri Raosaheb Danve, Hon’ble Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India, Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary, Hon’ble Ministers of State of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Shri Devendra Fadvanis, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, Hon’ble Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Govt of Maharashtra, Hon’ble Members of Parliament Shri Hemant Godse, Dr.Bharati Pawar, and Dr.Narendra Jadhav, along with Smt. Saroj Ahire, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, Shri Purnendu Mishra, Member Traffic, Railway Board graced the function through video link. Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager, Central Railway welcomed the dignitaries and presented the welcome address.
Shri Narendra Singh Tomar while addressing said that the Kisan Rail announced in the budget under the visionary plan envisaged by Hon’ble Prime Minister is a welcome step. The smooth transportation of agriculture produce to far reaching areas so that the perishables are not destroyed been kept in mind in announcing the Kisan Rail. During the lockdown when everything was stopped, the farmers and railways have never stopped. Harvest of farmers were transported by railways and helped the Nation in achieving the goal of agricultural produce.
Shri Piyush Goyal while addressing said that Hon’ble Prime Minister reiterated that Railways is the growth engine of the Nation. Railways and Agriculture both worked even during lockdown and ensured the food grains reached every nook and corner of the country. He also said the “apples of Kashmir can be transported by railways to Kanyakumari”. The first train in India ran from Mumbai in 1853 and similarly the first Kisan Rail is also being run from Central Railway.
Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, Hon’ble Minister of Food, Civil Supplies, Government of Maharashtra and Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra legislative Assembly also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier Shri Vivek Kumar Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, Bhusaval Division gave vote of thanks. A small film on Kisan Rail was also shown on this occasion.
The Kisan Rail - Background
As announced in the current year’s Budget to start “Kisan Rail” in order to provide a seamless supply chain of agricultural and perishable produce, the Ministry of Railways is introducing the first Kisan Rail from Devlali to Danapur on 07.08.2020.
Train no 00107 Weekly Kisan Rail will depart Devlali at 11.00 hrs every Friday and reach Danapur at 18.45 hrs next day.
Train no 00108 Weekly Kisan Rail will depart Danapur at 12.00 noon every Sunday and will reach Devlali at 19.45 hrs next day.
This train will have 10 parcel vans and one luggage cum brake van.
Kisan Rail will cover a distance of 1519 kms in 31.45 hrs on a single trip. It will halt at Nasik Road, Manmad Jn, Jalgaon, Bhusaval Jn, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt.Deen Dayal Upadhyay Jn and Buxar.
The Bhusaval Division of Central Railway is primarily an Agro based area, where there is a huge produce of vegetables (especially onions), fruits, flowers and other agro products and there is a huge demand for these produce in the Patna-Allahabad- Katni- Satna region. The Kisan Rail will provide a good market to the farmers for their produce. Aggressive marketing is being done by Central Railway with co-ordination of local farmers, businessmen and APMC so that maximum farmers can benefit.