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07 Mar 20, 01:00 PM
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Government Starts Committee to Decide Outline of Kisan Rail
A committee has been formed under the Ministry of Agriculture, including representatives of Indian Railways to prepare the outline of 'Kisan Rail'.
The Railway Ministry told the Lok Sabha that a committee has been constituted under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to include the representatives of the Ministry of Railways to prepare the outline of Kisan Rail. Indian Railways will run Kisan Rail in PPP mode for perishable products. Express and freight trains will also have refrigerated coaches.
To run the Kisan Rail, the Ministry of Railways has purchased a fleet of refrigerated coaches. The fleet, purchased from the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in Punjab, has nine bogies with refrigerators. Each of these bogies has a carrying capacity of 17 tonnes. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had proposed 'Kisan Rail' for the transport of perishable food products under public private participation in the budget speech.
Source: Outlook Agriculture, 4 March 2020
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