GUWAHATI: The NFR (Northeast Frontier Railway) has decided to run three Kisan Rail trains to Agartala for transportation of potatoes during this month for the benefit of the farmers and transporters of the north-eastern region. Among these Kisan Rail trains, one will run from Falakata to Agartala, another from Dhupguri to Agartala and yet another will run from Chengrabandha to Agartala.
The Falakata-Agartala Kisan Rail (Train 00557) will run on March 22 leaving from Falakata at 16:30 hours to reach Agartala at 21:00 hrs on March 23, 2021.The train will have stoppages at New Coochbehar, New Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Dimapur, Bhanga and Dharmanagar Railway Stations for loading/unloading of goods.
The Dhupguri-Agartala Kisan Rail (Train 00558) will run on March 28 leaving from Dhupguri at 16:30 hours to reach Agartala at 21:00 hours on March 29, 2021. The train will have stoppages at Salbari, Falakata, New Coochbehar, New Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Dimapur, Bhanga and Dharmanagar railway stations for loading/unloading of goods.
The Chengrabandha-Agartala Kisan Rail (Train 00559) will run on March 31 leaving from Chengrabandha at 16:00 hours to reach Agartala at 21:00 hrs on April 1, 2021. The train will have stoppages at Mathabhanga, New Coochbehar, New Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Dimapur, Bhanga and Dharmanagar Railway Stations for loading/unloading of goods.
Following the announcement made in the Union Budget 2020-21, the Indian Railways started running the 'Kisan Rail' train services, to transport perishables and agri-product, including milk, meat and fish.
The NFR stated, ''The Kisan Rails are multi-commodity, multi-consignor/consignee, multi-loading/unloading transportation solution which is aimed at providing wider market to our kisans. Commodities which may be transported via the 'Kisan Rail' are tea, rubber, turmeric, black pepper, mustard, soyabean, betel nut, oranges, pineapple, ginger, kiwi, passion fruit, chillies (green), large cardamom and other fruits and vegetables. A subsidy of 50% is being granted on the transportation of fruits and vegetables via 'Kisan Rail, stated a press release from the NFR.