In a first, a Kisan Rail of Western Railway (WR) carrying about 180 tonnes of onions will soon be reaching Guwahati from Madhya Pradesh's Indore after its departure on Tuesday morning.
As per reports, 20 general category coaches are attached in the Kisan Rail and will leave for Guwahati every Tuesday from Indore.
"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," said Indore MP Shankar Lalwani after flagging off the train.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier announced this operation of Kisan Rail on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in this year's budget in a bid to ensure speedy transportation of perishable things like fruits, vegetables, flowers, milk, meat and fish.
The train is scheduled to halt at various locations on its way including Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Barabanki, Chhapra (Rural), Hajipur, Katihar, Kishanganj and New Jalpaiguri stations in both directions.