Even as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to set up a “Kisan Rail” through the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode for the cold supply chain to transport perishable goods in her budget speech on Saturday, the railways said nine such refrigerated vans were already available on its network.
Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said these vans, with a carrying capacity of 17 tonnes each for transportation of highly-perishable parcel traffic, were developed and procured through the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala.
“We are already working on the announcement made by the finance minister. With her proposal, there is a renewed impetus for us,” he said.
Yadav also said temperature-controlled perishable cargo centres were commissioned at Ghazipur Ghat (UP), New Azadpur (Adarsh Nagar, Delhi) and Raja ka Talab (UP) as a pilot project under the Kisan Vision Project by CONCOR through a CSR initiative. Another project is under construction at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra’s Nasik.