‒ one lakh tons of Agricultural products transported till date
‒ It took only 45 days to transport the third hundred Kisan Rails
300th Kisan Rail from South Central Railway has successfully commenced its journey yesterday i.e., 30th June, 2021. Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager has expressed his utmost satisfaction on transporting of 300 Kisan Rails successfully from the Zone within a span of 10 months. The 300th Kisan Rail has been loaded with 246 tonnes of onions from Nagarsol in Maharashtra bound to Chitpur in West Bengal.
The Kisan Rail initiative started by the Indian Railways provides a safe, secure and fast mode of transportation with least Enroute damages for the agricultural farmers and traders. In addition, with the introduction of the “Operation Greens - TOP to Total” scheme introduced by the Union Ministry of Food processing Industries, this has become the most economical mode of transportation, wherein the agricultural farmers and traders receive 50% freight concession on their commodities being transported through Kisan Rails. Till date, A sum total of 22.2 crores subsidy has been extended to Farmers & Traders who booked their agricultural products from the various stations of the Zone. Overall, a total of 01 (one) lakh tonnes of agricultural products have been transported by these Kisan Rails from different locations of the zone.
Kisan Rail concept has witnessed a huge success over SCR and from the time it was introduced there has been a continuous demand for the trains. Transportation of every 100 Kisan Rails is being done in shorter duration than earlier ones. While it took 187 days to transport the first 100 Kisan Rails from SCR, 63 days to transport the second 100 Kisan Rails, the recent 100 Kisan Rails were transported in just 45 days.
These Kisan Rails have been started across three states over Zone covering Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra transporting different varieties of Vegetables & fruits. Moreover, these trains have also helped in transporting the agricultural commodities to different destinations located in farther states of the country. These trains have helped in providing a major support for the agricultural farmers / traders to market their produce especially during these pandemic times.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager of South Central Railway has complimented the team of officials and staff both at the Zone and Divisions who have been continuously striving towards the betterment of freight traffic and are able to reach new milestones as the days are passing by. He expressed his happiness over the Zone being instrumental in supporting essential agricultural sector in marketing their produce.