Indian Railways operates Kisan Rail services on 18 routes so far

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-products, including milk, meat and fish. This is multi-commodity, multi-consignor/consignee, multi-loading/unloading transportation product which is aimed at providing a wider market to Kisan. 

  • The primary objective of running Kisan Rail trains is to increase the income in the farm sector by connecting production centers to markets and consumption centers.
  • Railways have been actively pursuing with various stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture, state governments, and local bodies to plan roll out of Kisan Rail services.
  • Based on demand pattern and feedback received from stakeholders, Railways have so far operated Kisan Rail services on eighteen routes.
  • The first Kisan Rail train was flagged-off on 07.08.2020 between Devlali (Mah) and Danapur (Bihar).
  • These Kisan Rail trains are run on time-tabled paths, and their punctuality is strictly monitored to avoid any en-route detentions and delays. 
  • These services have been introduced on 18 (eighteen) routes so far. 
  • Till 22nd Jan, 157 services of Kisan Rail have been run, transporting more than 49,000 Tonnes of consignments. 
  • Routes on which Kisan Rail trains have been operated so far are as under:
Route No.From – ToDate of Inauguration
1Devlali to Danapur (now Sangola to Muzaffarpur)07-08-2020
2Anantapur to Adarshnagar, Delhi 09-09-2020
3Yeshwantpur to Nizamuddin 19-09-2020
4Nagpur to Adarshnagar, Delhi14-10-2020
5Chhindwara to Howrah/New Tinsukia28-10-2020
6Sangola to Howrah  (via Secunderabad)29-10-2020
7Sangola to Shalimar21-11-2020
8Indore to New Guwahati24-11-2020
9Ratlam to New Guwahati05-12-2020
10Indore to Agartala27-12-2020
11Jalandhar to Jirania31-12-2020
12Nagarsol to New Guwahati05-01-2021
13Nagarsol to Chitpur07-01-2021
14Nagarsol to New Jalpaiguri10-01-2021
15Nagarsol to Naugachia11-01-2021
16Nagarsol to Fatuha13-01-2021
17Nagarsol to Baihata19-01-2021
18Nagarsol to Malda Town20-01-2021
  • Utilization of these services is being monitored on a regular basis to ensure optimal utilization of Railway stock (Parcel Vans).
  • Primary commodities being transported via Kisan Rail are onion, tomato, oranges, potato, pomegranate, banana, custard-apple, carrots, capsicum, and other vegetables.
  • Commodities booked via Kisan Rail trains are charged at ‘P’-scale of parcel tariff. Under Operation Greens – TOP to Total Scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries a subsidy of 50% is being granted on the transportation of fruits and vegetables via Kisan Rail. 
  • This subsidy is being granted upfront at the time of booking itself, to the consignors/farmers so that the benefit reaches the farmers without any hassles or procedural delays.
  • A Detailed Project Report for running Kisan Rail trains is also under preparation, through M/s RITES, which will assess important aspects of the project so as to obtain efficiency and economies of scales.

Source: PIB-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): MoR