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Kisan Rail: Indian Railways starts first-ever multi-commodity train service today; top 10 facts

The Kisan Rail train service, which is expected to be a big boon to farmers, was flagged off via video conferencing by Narendra Singh Tomar, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchyati Raj, and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Kisan Rail: As announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the current financial year’s Union Budget, Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways has introduced the first “Kisan Rail” train service from Devlali in Maharashtra to Danapur in Bihar today at 11:00 AM. The Kisan Rail train service, which is expected to be a big boon to farmers, was flagged off via video conferencing by Narendra Singh Tomar, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchyati Raj, and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. According to the Railway Ministry, the train will reach Danapur at 6:45 PM on next day covering the 1,519 kilometres journey in 31:45 hours. Here are 10 facts about Indian Railways’ Kisan Rail that you should know:

1) This is the first-ever multi-commodity train service, which will carry vegetables like capsicum, cauliflower, cabbage, chillies, drumsticks, onion, etc., and fruits like grapes, banana, pomegranate, etc.

2) The train has been equipped with frozen containers and apart from fruits and vegetables, it is expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain of milk, meat and fish.

3) The train has a composition of 10 +1 VPs and initially, it will be operated on a weekly basis. However, further modifications can be done based on user experience.

4) The Kisan Rail train service will cater to the requirements of small farmers and traders for carrying their perishable supplies to distant places.

5) Scheduled halts have been provided at Nasik Road, Khandwa, Jalgaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Jabalpur, Itarsi, Manikpur, Buxar, Katni, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Satna.

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