Dimapur, January 30 (NEx): The Indian Railways has introduced ‘Kisan Rail Special Train’ between Tarakeswar in West Bengal and Dimapur in Nagaland on Friday, January 29, 2021.
The first Kisan Rail Weekly Special Train (Train Number: 00329) left Tarakeswar in West Bengal on Friday and is scheduled to reach Dimapur railway station in Nagaland on Saturday, January 30, 2021. The Special Train to and from Dimapur will run till July 30, 2021, informed Northeast Frontier Railways.
Tarakeswar – Dimapur Kisan Rail Weekly Special Train will leave Tarakeswar at 10:00 hrs every Friday and will reach Dimapur on Saturday.
During return journey the weekly Special Train will leave Dimapur station at 21:30 hrs every Saturday from January 30, 2021 and reach Tarakeswar at 7:10 hrs on Monday, NFR informed.
The train will stop at Bandel, Ambika Kalna, Nabadwip Dham, Purbasthali, Katwa, Azimgunge, Azimgunge City, Malda Town, New Jalpaiguri, New Coochbehar, New Bongaingaon, Guwahati and Lumding enroute in both directions for loading/unloading of parcels, it stated.
The Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that the train will play an important role in the development of agriculture and farmers in the Northeast region.
As per the announcement made in the Union Budget 2020-21, Indian Railways has started running Kisan Rail train services, to transport perishables and agri-product, including milk, meat and fish. The primary objective of running Kisan Rail trains is to increase the income in farm sector by connecting production centers to markets and consumption centers.
The first Kisan Rail train was flagged-off on August 07, 2020 between Devlali (Maharastra) and Danapur (Bihar). These Kisan Rail trains are run on time-tabled paths, and their punctuality is strictly being monitored to avoid any en-route detentions and delays. These services have been introduced on 18 (eighteen) routes so far, it stated.
The primary commodities being transported via Kisan Rail are onion, tomato, oranges, potato, pomegranate, banana, custard-apple, carrots, capsicum, and other vegetables. A subsidy of 50% is being granted on the transportation of fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail.