First onion special train leaves Vizag for Bihar's Jalalgarh

The first onion special train carrying only onions left Visakhapatnam for Jalalgarh in Bihar’s Purnia district on Friday. It was carrying 246 tonnes of onion.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  2 Oct 2021 2:12 AM GMT
First onion special train leaves Vizag for Bihars Jalalgarh

Visakhapatnam: The first onion special train carrying only onions left Visakhapatnam for Jalalgarh in Bihar's Purnia district on Friday. It was carrying 246 tonnes of onion.

Divisional railway manager Anup Satpathy flagged off the train's maiden run.

The train, an initiative of Waltair division of East Coast Railway, set on its maiden journey as a pilot project. The train contains 10 parcel van coaches each with the capacity to carry 23 tonnes of onions and two second-class-cum-luggage coaches with the capacity of eight tonnes.

The business development unit of the Waltair division came up with the initiative to help farmers of the region who are facing difficulties transporting onions. The initiative was launched so that onion farmers could get a fair price for their crop and it was transported in minimum time. The closed parcel vans will also protect the onion from rains.

The train will prove beneficial for the onion farmers. After its trial run, amendments, if any, will be made after due discussion with the farmers and traders. The railway officials will run more such special trains to help farmers.

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