Hyderabad: The first Kisan Rail left Telangana's Lingampet Jagityal for Delhi on 13 April with 476 tonnes of mangoes loaded into 20 parcel vans.

The introduction of Kisan Rail from Lingampet Jagityal has helped the farmers of the area find new avenues to market their produce across the country. Further, it has provided a smooth, hassle, free and economical transportation facility, according to the South Central Railway.

Jagityal is well-known for its export-quality mangoes. Earlier, traders, cargo aggregators, and farmers transported their produce to different parts of the country by road which was expensive, time consuming, and led to damages and losses.

According to SCR, the introduction of Kisan Rail along with 50 per cent tariff concession provided by the Union ministry of food processing industries under the scheme "Operation Greens - TOP to Total" will help freight customers, including traders, cargo operators, bulk transporters, and farmers, in and around the Jagityal region.

Also, the Kisan Rails load the commodities in parcel vans where the requirement is only 23 tonnes per van which means small and medium farmers and traders also to avail of the facility.

In addition, to facilitate freight customers and assist loading at Lingampet Jagityal station, several improvements were completed on a war footing which includes levelling of mud heaps to improve loading platforms, provision of temporary shelter with GI sheets, lighting arrangements with enhanced illumination and provision of weighing scales.

Gajanan Mallya, the general manager of South Central Railway, complimented the Secunderabad division team for the operation of the Kisan Rail and advised freight customers to utilize the facility to transport their produces at concessional tariff.

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