220 tonnes of mangoes, loaded at Vizianagaram to Adarsh Nagar
50 percent tariff concession on transportation
For the first time, the first Kisan Rail of East Coast Railway left for Adarsh Nagar from Vizianagaram (Waltair Division) loaded with 220 tonnes of mangoes here today. Vizianagaram is well known for the cultivation of export quality mangoes. Till now, during the mango season the traders, cargo aggregators and farmers were transporting these superior quality mangoes by road to different parts of the country, which is expensive, time-taking and prone to relatively more en route damages and losses.
Divisional Railway Manager of the Waltair Divison, Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava said Waltair Division made consistent efforts for the uninterrupted supply of essential commodities during the pandemic. In the last financial year, despite odd situations, the Division has run timetabled parcel specials across the country and Mangoes were transported in 20 special trains from Vizianagaram, the nodal point in North Andhra.
The Government of India has started the concept of running Kisan Rails for boosting income to the farm sector, by providing hassle-free, safe and speedy transport services of agricultural produce. To encourage the farmers, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in association with Indian Railways, announced a 50 percent tariff concession on transportation of notified fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rails under ‘Operations Greens – TOP to Total’.
The Business Development Unit (BDU), Waltair Division, conducted regular negotiations with farmers and explained to them the benefits of transportation of their produce through Kisan Rails. Although it’s a remarkable event for Railways and farmers, but the event was kept a low profile as a precautionary measure to contain CoVID-19.
DRM Chetan Kumar Shrivastava appealed to the farmers, traders and exporters to utilize the opportunity of Kisan Rail Special trains for safe and speedy transportation of the fruit stocks.