Country’s first ‘Kisan rail’ flagged off, train to ply between Maharashtra and Bihar

The ‘Kisan Rail’ train will run on a weekly basis. It will start from Deolali in Maharashtra’s Nashik at 11 am today and will reach Danapur in Bihar at 6.45 pm on August 8.

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New Delhi: The Indian Railways on Friday launched Kisan Rail service from today, dedicated to farmers for transporting their perishable goods.

Piyush Goyal - Kisan rail flagged off

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.

About Train’s journey, route and halts…

The train will cover a distance of one thousand 1,519 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.

The train, which will run on a weekly basis, is expected to build a national cold supply chain for perishable items like fish, meat and milk.


The ‘Kisan Rail’ train will run on a weekly basis. It will start from Deolali in Maharashtra’s Nashik at 11 am today and will reach Danapur in Bihar at 6.45 pm on August 8.

What Railway & Agricultural Minister said on ‘Kisan rail’

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar hailed the move and said Kisan Rail would help the farmer get his due for his produce.

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.

“The Rail Kisan service will boost the income levels of Indian farmers. PM Narendra Modi believes Indian Railways is the engine which will drive India’s growth prospects. Despite the difficulties brought by COVID-19 outbreak, our farmers and Railways ensured there is no shortage of food supply. A lot of steps have been taken for the benefits of Indian farmers and I salute the farmers of our country,” said Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.

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.

Kisan Rail initiative was announced in Budget 2020

The announcement regarding “Kisan Rail” was made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in current financial year Budget.

The proposal to use refrigerated parcel vans to ferry perishables was first announced by then railway minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2009-10 Budget, however, it has never took off.

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