Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister flagged off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola (Maharashtra) to Shalimar (West Bengal) on 28.12.2020 through video link.
Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing Industries, Government of India and Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India were present on the occasion through video link. Shri Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, Hon’ble MP, Shri Prashant Paricharak, Hon’ble MLC, Shri Vijay Kumar Deshmukh, Hon’ble MLA, Shri Ranjit Singh Mohite Patil, Hon’ble MLC and Shri Shailesh Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, Solapur Division were present at Sangola. Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager, Central Railway from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and was present at Mumbai on the occasion.
The first Kisan Rail which started in August 2020 as a weekly train, gained popularity and is now running as three days in a week.
Railways are 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. Kisan Rail has become a game changer in ensuring a fast transportation of agriculture produce across the nation. It provides seamless supply chain of perishable produce. Bharatiya Railways introduced first “Kisan Rail” from Devlali to Danapur on 07/08/2020. This train further extended upto Muzaffarpur and also increased frequency from weekly to 3 days in a week as a result of good response from the farmers taking advantage to send their produce to the distant places of Northern Bharat.
A Link Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra followed soon. There was a huge traffic of capsicum, pomegranate, grapes grown in Sangola, Pandharpur, Modlimb, Kavathe-Mahankal, Salgare in Solapur and Sangli districts; lemons from Ahmednagar area, tomato and raw-plantain in the areas of Jeur and Karmala which were being transported by road are now being transported by Kisan Rail.
Orange (Santra) Kisan Rail for transporting oranges from Nagpur and surrounding areas was started from 14.10.2020. This area is famous for other agro products for which there is a huge demand. The introduction of Santra Kisan Rail on Railways has proved to be another master stroke which will not only increase orange production but also pave the way for distribution of the famous oranges of Maharashtra all over the country. This is no less than a boon to the Orange Producers.
Sangola-Shalimar Kisan Rail was started on 21.11.2020. The multi-commodity train service, carries vegetables such as cauliflower, capsicum, cabbage, drumsticks, chillies, onion, etc., as well as fruits like grapes, oranges, pomegranate, banana, custard apple. etc.
The loading and unloading of perishable commodities will be permitted at all enroute stoppages and no minimum or maximum size of consignment.
A farmer can book a few kilograms to several tonnes as per his requirement. Government of Bharat has extended a subsidy of 50% on transportation of fruits and vegetables.
Kisan Rail will continue to cater to the requirements of small farmers and small traders for carrying their perishables to distant places.