The Railways’ Kisan Rail service which started working from Friday lower the transport time of perishable foodstuffs comparable to vegetables and fruit by 15 hours and value farmers Rs 1,000 per tonne lower than ferrying them by street, officers stated.
The service began as a pilot venture from Deolali in Maharashtra to Danapur in Bihar.
The prepare is presently deliberate with ten parcel vans with a complete capability to hold 238 tonnes of cargo. It is going to at current be a weekly service working each Friday kind Deolali, and returning on Sunday from Danapur.
The scheduled time of a one-way journey is 31 hrs 45 minutes. This journey time is 15 hours lower than the time taken in transporting such produce by street, officers stated.
The prepare travelled to Danapur through Nasik, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Manikpur, Prayagraj Cheoki, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, and Buxar.
“The Nasik/Bhusawal area has large manufacturing of fruits in addition to inexperienced greens, comparable to onions and inexperienced chilies. This produce was shifting largely by street in the direction of the japanese a part of the nation, and Railways’ share on this transportation was miniscule,” an official stated.
“However with the efforts of Railway officers, this visitors is now coming in the direction of Railway – because the time to be taken by Rail is roughly 15 hours lesser than by street, and the freight fees are additionally cheaper by greater than Rs 1,000 per tonne,” the official stated.
Any farmer, or some other occasion, can immediately e book their consignments on this prepare with none decrease restrict on the scale of the consignment.
“The consignment will be as small as 50-100 kgs, and will be booked from any stopping station to some other stopping station, giving full flexibility (to farmers),” the official stated.
Officers additionally stated in case there was any loss or harm to any merchandise for some purpose, the Railways will comply with its standard declare/compensation system.
On this pilot venture no refrigerated wagons have been used.
Earlier, when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to arrange a ‘Kisan Rail’ by the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode for a chilly provide chain to move perishable items in her Finances speech, the Railways stated 9 such refrigerated vans have been already obtainable on its community.
Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav had stated these vans, with a carrying capability of 17 tonnes every for transportation of highly-perishable parcel visitors, have been developed and procured by the Rail Coach Manufacturing facility at Kapurthala.
Temperature-controlled perishable cargo centres have been commissioned at Ghazipur Ghat (U.P.), New Azadpur (Adarsh Nagar, Delhi) and Raja ka Talab (U.P.) as a pilot venture beneath the Kisan Imaginative and prescient Challenge by Container Company of India Restricted (CONCOR) by a Company Social Duty (CSR) initiative.
One other venture is beneath development at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra’s Nasik.
Approval has been granted to the Central Railside Warehousing Company to develop temperature-controlled storage services at Fatuha and Mancheswar. A chilly storage facility has additionally been developed at Dadri.
The Railways has additionally procured 98 reefer (ventilated, insulated) rail containers with a carrying capability of 12 tonnes per container. They have been procured by CONCOR for motion of vegetables and fruit to completely different elements of the nation.
The proposal to make use of refrigerated parcel vans to ferry perishables was first introduced by then Railway minister Mamata Banerjee within the 2009-10 Finances. Nonetheless, it had did not take off.
As soon as this chilly chain is prepared, officers stated the Railways was set to considerably assist in growing incomes of farmers.
“Out of almost 2,000 loaded freight trains operating day-after-day, round 10 trains are of perishables – onion is the primary commodity right here. When loaded in wagons we’re almost 25 per cent cheaper, when loaded in parcel we’d be round 10 per cent cheaper roughly. As of now we’re fairly insignificant in perishables however since there are volumes right here now we have focused this for getting a bigger share,” an official stated.