Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari flags off Nagpur-Adarsh Nagar Delhi ‘Orange Kisan Rail’

Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, Government of India flagged off the inaugural run of Orange Kisan Rail from Nagpur to Adarsh Nagar Delhi on 14.10.2020 (Through Video link). Dr. Nitin Raut, Hon’ble Minister of Energy, Maharashtra and Guardian Minister, Nagpur, Hon’ble Members of Parliament Dr. Vikas Mahatme, Shri Ramdas Tadas and Shri Krupal Tumane along with Shri Sandip Joshi, Hon’ble Mayor Nagpur and Shri Vikas Thakre, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly graced the function through video link. Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager, Central Railway welcomed the dignitaries and presented the welcome address.

  • Shri Nitin Gadkari, while speaking o­n the occasion said that with the introduction of Orange Kisan Rail the transportation cost will be reduced drastically which will be beneficial to farmers. 
  • He further appreciated the efforts taken by Railways at the initiative of Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal.
  • Hon’ble Members of Parliament Dr. Vikas Mahatme, Shri Ramdas Tadas and Shri Krupal Tumane have also spoke o­n the occasion.
  • Shri Somesh Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur Division gave vote of thanks. A small film o­n Kisan Rail was also shown o­n this occasion.

The Kisan Rail – Background:

As announced in the current year’s Budget to start “Kisan Rail” in order to provide a seamless supply chain of agricultural and perishable produce, the Ministry of Railways has introduced the first Kisan Rail to run from Devlali to Danapur o­n 07.08.2020. This train further from Danapur extended upto Muzaffarpur and also increased frequency from weekly to 3 days in a week as a result of good response from the farmers taking advantage to send their produce to the distant places of Northern India.

In this sequence, the second such Kisan Rail started o­n Central Railway. The details of the inaugural run of Orange Kisan Rail were as under:-

  • Train no 00101 Weekly Kisan Rail Nagpur dep at 18.00 hrs arr Adarsh Nagar Delhi at 15.40 hrs next day. 
  • Inaugural Orange Kisan Rail left at 18.10 hrs o­n 14.10.2020.
  • Train no 00102 Weekly Kisan Rail dep Adarsh Nagar Delhi at 10.00 hrs o­n 16.10.2020 arr Nagpur at 04.40 hrs next day.
  • The regular service of Orange Kisan Rail will be notified in due course. 
  • This train will have 10 parcel vans and o­ne luggage cum brake van.
  • This Kisan Rail covers a distance of 1106 kms approx. in 20 hrs o­n a single trip. 
  • Train will halt at Katol, Narkhed, Pandhurna, Betul, Itarsi and Jhansi.

The Nagpur city and surrounding areas in Vidarbha region are famous for Oranges and other agro products for which there is a huge demand. The Kisan Rail will provide a good market to the farmers of Vidarbha region for their produce. Aggressive marketing is being done by Central Railway in co-ordination with local farmers, businessmen and APMC so that maximum farmers can benefit.

Source: Central Railway-Press Release