Bengaluru, NFAPost: Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa flagged off the Kisan Rail from Chintamani to New Delhi. The chief Minister flagged off the Kisan Rail from Yelahanka Railway Station.
B S Yediyurappa stated that farmers will be able to get access to markets located in far away places, and be able to realise better and higher price for their produce. “I laude the initiative of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi in starting the Kisan Rail Scheme,” he said.
Kisan Rail started in August 2020, and has since been beneficial to farmers, farm produce aggregators etc. An upfront subsidy of 50% on the freight charges is provided for Kisan Rail, which helps the farmers to transport their produce to distant markets at a fraction of the cost incurred by road. Five Kisan Rail Trains have carried 1250 Tonne Mangoes from Kolar and Chikaballapur Districts to Delhi, since June 21, 2021.
Kisan Rail runs on a timetabled path, thereby ensuring assured transit time to the farmers/farm produce aggregators. Avoiding delay and detention, it ensures that the produce stays fresh upon arrival in distant market. This particular Kisan Rail Train would reach Delhi (a distance of 2300 km) in 38-48 hours from Chintamani, Kolar.
Hon Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Revenue Minister R Ashoka, Cooperation Minister ST Somashekhar, Horticulture Minister R Shankar, Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath were present on the occasion.
Bengaluru Divisional Railway Manager Ashok Kuymar Verma, Secretary of Agriculture Dept Rajendra Kataria were present along with other senior officials.