As the central government looks to expand runs of its much-talked-about Kisan Rail — started a few months back for transporting agricultural commodities —it could draw lessons from a similar experiment in transporting farm goods launched a few years ago. Experts say though the project looks promising on paper and the initial trips have been fairly successful, just running wagon and coaches filled with fruits and vegetables won’t be enough. According to them, the transportation has to be supplemented with proper back-end and front-end support. This support has to be in... more...
the form of sorting and grading facility, pack-houses, efficient distribution through refer vans and other channels at the destination station. All these will ensure that goods quickly reach the consumers with minimal damage. Or else, the project may achieve limited success. The total logistical cost for a transporter, which includes handling cost from farm to warehouses, then to the rail heads and to the final destination, also needs to be competitive compared to other modes of transport. This will make Kisan Rail successful and worthwhile, they said. In the recent past, Kisan Rail has been the second attempt by the Centre to run specially dedicated trains for carrying agriculture goods, mainly perishable items. A few years back, an almost similar experiment was launched by the agriculture ministry to run fully-loaded refrigerated containers to transport perishables, protein and milk, among others, from one part of the country to another, with a private partner. Called, the ‘Horti Trains’ (short-form for Horticulture Trains), officials who were part of the project that was started in 2012-13 on an experimental basis, say that the idea was to involve private logistics players called Private Container Train Operators (PCTOs) in the running of these trains. These operators were required to pay an upfront licence fee and rent to run trains. IIT-Kharagpur was asked to design the refrigerated containers for the special trains. However, one basic flaw which several experts pointed out was that the locomotive for such trains was to be provided by the Indian Railways along with the transportation schedule. This sometimes lead to delay in execution. During the planning stage, a dispute also arose as to whether these trains could pick up and drop containers on-route or all containers needed to be fully loaded at their station of origin and emptied at the destination. “Imagine a train having almost 90 containers filled with bananas reaching a city like Delhi suddenly. The markets will obviously crash, leading to losses for everyone in the value chain,” Pawanexh Kohli, former chief executive and advisor to India’s National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD), said. According to some studies, in Delhi 11,600 tonnes of banana, 18,600 tonnes of tomato, 23,500 tonnes of onion and 54,000 tonnes of potato are consumed every month. None of them are produced in the capital and have to be transported from neighbouring or distant places. Kohli said several containers ran empty while rent for the entire rake had to be paid. This was of no value either to the shipper or the final buyer of the products. Finally, after several twists and turns, the project was abandoned in 2016. The newly-launched Kisan Rail is structurally and fundamental different from the Horti Trains. The Kisan trains are run and operated by the Indian Railways and secondly, unlike private refrigerated containers, Kisan Rail, is meant to transport a variety of fruits and vegetables with a 50 per cent subsidy. This is provided by the ministry of food processing. At present, three Kisan rails have started on a weekly basis while a fourth one from Nagpur and Warud Orange City (Maharashtra) to Adarsh Nagar, Delhi, is being planned. “The Kisan Rail is an excellent initiative for small farmers who produce vegetables or other perishable goods with limited shelf life. When an opportunity like this is presented to the small holders, they can get easy access to moving their agriculture produce from villages to metro cities. They will surely benefit from it,” said Sanjay Borkar, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of FarmERP, a smart agriculture management ERP software platform. The railways has always been transporting a variety of food items, but its share in transportation of perishables such as fruits and vegetables is among the lowest in all commodities. Road is the preferred mode for shippers and aggregators of fruits and vegetables. A big reason for this is the time taken to move goods, which the Kisan Rail seeks to address. According to a study done by the erstwhile Planning Commission on the transportation systems in the country, less than 3 per cent of fruits and vegetables that move in the country in a given period is through railways while the remaining 97 per cent is through road. For non-perishable food items such as sugar, wheat and rice, the share of Railways according to the study was at 30 per cent for wheat, 32 per cent for rice and 24 per cent for sugar and khandsari. “Farmers’ produce largely travels through road as it is cost-effective. Therefore, factors such as handling cost will need to be looked at for Kisan Rail. It also needs to be seen whether the return cargoes are coming booked or not. All these need to be carefully analysed before arriving at any conclusion,” said Jagannarayan Padmanabhan, director, CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory.
The monthly pass of Panchavati Express, which connects Mumbai and Nashik, which was earlier priced between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000, now costs passengers nearly Rs 25,000 per month. Panchavati Express, that connects Mumbai and Nashik in Maharashtra, has resumed operations as a COVID-special train. However, this comes with hiked ticket prices of as much as Rs 25,000 per month. While the train resumed services on September 12 after remaining suspended for months due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, it does not allow purchase of... more...
monthly season tickets. The train, running between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Manmad in Nashik district, makes halts at Dadar, Kalyan, Devlali, Nashik Road, Niphad and Lasalgaon. According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, passengers are required to either buy tickets online or through the reservation counter at costs between Rs 300 and Rs 500 for a one-way journey, depending on the seat. Essential workers are also required to purchase these tickets at hiked prices. However, the greater problem is being faced by commuters who travel between Nashik and Mumbai on daily basis for work. Passengers who are completely dependent on this service and have no other option said that it is unaffordable as per the report. The monthly pass use to cost them between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 earlier. Now, the price has risen to nearly Rs 25,000 per month.
Link Kisan Rail from Sangola-Manmad-Daund and further to Muzaffarpur Central Railway has decided to increase the frequency of Devlali – Muzaffarpur Kisan Rail with effect from 25.8.2020 onwards. CR will also run Link Kisan Rail between Sangola and Manmad which will be attached/detached to Devlali-Muzaffarpur Kisan Rail at Manmad. The details are as under: A.00107/00108 Devlali-Muzaffarpur-Devlali Kisan Rail (Bi-weekly) Train No. 00107 Bi-Weekly Kisan... more...
Rail will depart Devlali at 18.00 hrs as at present on every Friday and Tuesday from 25.8.2020 to 25.9.2020 and reach Muzaffarpur Jn. at 04.45 hrs on Sunday and Thursday. Train No. 00108 Bi-Weekly Kisan Rail will depart Muzaffarpur Jn at 08.00 hrs on every Sunday and Thursday from 27.8.2020 to 27.9.2020 and will arrive Devlali at 17.45 hrs Monday and Friday. Halts: Nashik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Pipariya, Gadarwara, Narsingpur, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Jn, Buxar and Danapur. Composition:This train will have 10 parcel vans and one luggage cum brake van. B.00109/00110 Sangola-Manmad-Daund (Bi-weekly) Link parcel special train to run upto Muzaffarpur. Train No. 00109 Bi-weekly link Kisan Rail will depart Sangola instead of Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur at 08.00 hrs on every Friday and Tuesday from 25.8.2020 to 25.9.2020 and reach Manmad at 18.30 hrs same day. Train No. 00110 Bi-weekly link Kisan Rail will depart Manmad at 20.00 hrs on every Monday and Friday from 28.08.2020 to 28.09.2020 and arrive Daund at 00.20 hrs next day. Halts: for 00109 - Sangola, Pandharpur, Kurduwadi, Daund, Ahmednagar and Belapur for 00110 - Ahmednagar. Composition:This link Kisan Rail will have 10 parcel vans (2 from Pune to be attached at Daund) and one luggage cum brake van
Change in Timings of Devlali – Muzaffarpur Kisan Rail
Devlali-Muzaffarpur Kisan Rail to run up to 25.9.2020
Link Kisan Rail from Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur to Manmad and further... more...
Central Railway has decided to revise the timings of Devlali – Muzaffarpur Kisan Rail with effect from 21.8.2020 onwards and further extended to run the parcel special train upto 25.9.2020.CR will also run Link Kisan Rail between Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur and Manmad which will be attached/detached to Devali-Muzaffarupur Kisan Rail at Manmad. The details with revised timings are as under: A.00107/00108 Devlali – Muzaffarpur – Devlali Kisan Rail
Train No. 00107 Weekly Kisan Rail will depart Devlali at 18.00 hrs as at present on every Friday from 21.8.2020 to 25.9.2020 and reach Muzaffarpur Jn. at 04.45 hrs on Sunday (instead of 03.55 hrs)
Train No. 00108 Weekly Kisan Rail will depart Muzaffarpur Jn at 08.00 hrs on every Sunday (instead of 09.45 hrs) from 23.8.2020 to 27.9.2020 and will arrive Devlali at 17.45 hrs next day i.e. Monday.
Halts: Nashik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Pipariya, Gadarwara, Narsingpur, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Jn, Buxar and Danapur. Composition: This train will have 10 parcel vans and one luggage cum brake van.
B.00109/00110 Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus (Kolhapur) – Manmad – Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Link parcel special train to run upto Muzaffarpur.
Train No. 00109 Weekly link Kisan Rail will depart Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur at 05.30 hrs on every Friday from 21.8.2020 to 25.9.2020 and reach Manmad at 18.25 hrs same day.
Train No. 00110 Weekly link Kisan Rail will depart Manmad at 20.00 hrs on every Monday from 24.8.2020 to 28.9.2020 and arrive Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus (Kolhapur) at 08.30 hrs next day i.e. Tuesday
Halts: Miraj, Sangola, Pandharpur, Kurduwadi, Daund, Ahmednagar Composition: This link Kisan Rail will have 7 parcel vans (5 from Kolhapur and 2 from Pune to be attached at Daund) and one luggage cum brake van
This Kisan Rail will help the farmers from Western Maharashtra to send their agri products/produce to Northern states.
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अपनी तरह की यह पहली ट्रेन शुक्रवार को पहली बार रवाना हुई। पूरी तरह से यात्रियों रहित किसानों के लिए चलने वाली इस ट्रेन में फल-सब्जियां, मछली-मांस, दूध और जल्द खराब होने वाली खाद्द सामग्री की ढुलाई की जाएगी। इसके अलावा हर साल इस मौसम में होने वाली प्याज की फसल की किल्लत से भी निजात मिलेगी। बता दें कि नासिक इस मौसम में सबसे ज्यादा प्याज का उत्पादन करता है।लेकिन मजबूत परिवहन के साधन न होने के कारण लगभग 50 फीसदी उपज सड़ कर चली जाती है। अब किसान रेल के चलते यह प्याज आसानी से यूपी, बिहार समेत अन्य राज्यों तक पहुंच सकेगा।सप्ताह में दो बार यह ट्रेन 64 घंटे में 33,38 किलोमीटर का सफर तय करेगी। वातानूकुलित डिब्बों के कारण इसमें रखे सामान जल्द खराब होने से भी बचेंगे। साथ ही इनकी निर्बाध आपूर्ति में भी सहायता मिलेगी।चार राज्यों से होकर गुजरने वाली ट्रेन बिहार, मध्य प्रदेश , यूपी और महाराष्ट्र जाएगी। जहां इसका पहला पड़ाव नासिक रोड इसके बाद मनमांड, भुस्सावल, बुहानपुर, खंडवा इटारसी, जबलपुर, सतना, माणिकपुर, प्रयागराज चौकी और पंडित दीनदयाल उपाध्याय जंक्शन और बक्सर स्टेशनों से होते हुए अपने गंतव्य पर पहुंचेगी।रेल मंत्री पीयूष गोयल ने ट्रेन के संचालन को एतिहासिक करार दिया था उन्होंने कहा था कि यह रेल खेती करने वाली आय को दोगुना करने में न केवल मदद करेगी बल्कि इसकी मदद से खाद्द पदार्थों की निर्बाध आपूर्ति भी सुनिश्चित होगी। उन्होंने कहा था कि 1853 में शुरु हुई पहली रेलगाड़ी से किसान रेल तक का सफर भारतीय रेल के शानदार सफर की कहानी बंया करता है।आइसीएआर सेंट्रल इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ पोस्ट हार्वेस्ट इंजीनियरिंग एंड टेक्नोलॉजी सीआईपीएचईटी ने 9 अगस्त 2016 को एक रिपोर्ट जारी की थी। इसके मुताबिक हर साल तकरीबन 92 हजार के खाद्द पदार्थ खराब हो जाते हैं। इसमें दूध, मीट, मछली, अंडा, अनाज, फल, सब्जी, आदि खाद्य उत्पादों की बात करें तो इसमें से देश भर में हर साल औसतन 40,811 करोड़ रुपए के खाद्य उत्पाद खराब हो जाते हैं। इसमें सबसे अधिक 1235 करोड़ रुपये के मीट, 4315 करोड़ की समुद्री मछली और 4409 करोड़ के दूध और उससे बने उत्पाद एवं 3877 करोड़ की दालें शामिल हैं। परिवहन से लेकर कोल्ड स्टोरेज, बारिश पानी, गर्मी और मौसमी मार के चलते होने वाली हानि शामिल है। जो अब इस ट्रेन के चलने से एक अनुमान के मुताबिक खासी कम हो जाएगी। केंद्र सरकार की योजना इसी तरह की और ट्रेन चलाने की है। किसान इसके लिए पहले से बुकिंग करा सकेंगे।
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