Yesterday, the first Kisan Rail of Western Railway (WR) transporting 180 tons of onions, left for New Guwahati station from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. According to railway officials, 20 general category coaches are attached in this Kisan Rail. A transport like this will leave for New Guwahati every Tuesday from Indore's Laxmibai Nagar station.
This is a joint effort of Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and railway minister Piyush Goyal, in which 50% concession in freight is also being given to farmers, said Indore MP Shankar Lalwani. "There is a lot of enthusiasm among the farmers about the first Kisan Rail of Western Railway. Such trains will increase inter-state trade of farmers' produce. This will help us in realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of a self-reliant India," he added.
According to livemint.com, the train will halt at Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Barabanki, Chhapra (Rural), Hajipur, Katihar, Kishanganj and New Jalpaiguri stations in both directions.