According to senior ministry officials, Indian Railways is considering linking its Kisan Trains to more locations producing seasonal fruits and vegetables to benefit small farmers. First off the mark could be an Orange Special Kisan Train between Nagpur and Delhi and a Keenu Special from Punjab to West Bengal and Odisha during December and January, the officials said.
The Kisan Rail services were launched last month and have so far carried around 4,100 tons of goods from farmers to markets across the country. The officials said they are still finalising details, but added that they have received feedback from zonal railways about the viability of running dedicated trains linking them with seasonal produce.
The Railways officials said that the three Kisan Rails in operation -- between Devlali-Danapur, Anantpur-Delhi and Yashwantpur-Nizamuddin -- are running on 85 per cent capacity.