KISAN RAIL TO DELHI FLAGGED OFF BY CHIEF MINISTER OF KARNATAKA
Bengaluru Jun 29: Chief Minister Shri BS Yediyurappa flagged off the Kisan Rail from Chintamani to New Delhi. Hon'ble CM flagged off the Kisan Rail from Yelahanka Railway Station today. He stated that farmers will be able to get access to markets located in far away places, and be able to realise better and higher price for their produce. He lauded the initiative of Hon'ble Prime Minister in starting the Kisan Rail Scheme.
Kisan Rail started in August 2020, and has since been beneficial to farmers, farm produce aggregators etc. An upfront subsidy of 50% on the freight charges is provided for Kisan Rail, which helps the farmers to transport their produce to distant markets at a fraction of the cost incurred by road. Five Kisan Rail Trains have carried 1250 Tonne Mangoes from Kolar and Chikaballapur Districts to Delhi, since June 21, 2021.
Kisan Rail runs on time tabled path, thereby ensuring assured transit time to the farmers/farm produce aggregators. Avoiding delay and detention, it ensures that the produce stays fresh upon arrival in distant market. This particular Kisan Rail Train would reach Delhi (a distance of 2300 km) in 38-48 hours from Chintamani, Kolar.
Hon Home Minister Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Hon Revenue Minister; Shri R Ashoka, Hon’ble Cooperation Minister; Shri ST Somashekhar, Hon Horticulture Minister; Shri R Shankar, Hon MLA Yelahanka, Shri SR Vishwanath were present on the occasion. Bengaluru Divisional Railway Manager Shri Ashok Kuymar Verma, Secretary of Agriculture Dept Shri Rajendra Kataria were present along with other senior officials.
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