Now, Refrigerated Parcel Van on rail to transport perishable produce

Now, Refrigerated Parcel Van on rail to transport perishable produce

September 4, 2020

SWR Mysuru Division transports a consignment of ginger from Hassan to Howrah

Mysore/Mysuru: The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the agricultural value chains in the country posing risks to food security. With a view to limiting the impact of the pandemic, Ministry of Railways has recently run a pilot Kisan Rail, consistent with the policy formulated by the Government under the National Cold Supply Chain for perishables.

In this scheme, 17-tonne capacity refrigerated parcel vans will be transported, either with freight trains or express passenger-carrying trains, to cut short the transit time significantly.

Close on the heels of the experimental train Kisan Rail run by Indian Railways recently, Mysuru Division, through deliberations with local Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) at Hassan secured a consignment of ginger for movement to Howrah.

The refrigerated parcel van with 17 tonnes of ginger left for Howrah with a delivery schedule of 48 hours whereas, as per a conservative estimate, transportation by road takes anywhere between 6-8 days, which is a great advantage, especially for perishables.

This perishable traffic in nearby district of Old Mysuru in very large volume is mostly moved by road to different part of the country and in order to scout for and capture this traffic, multiple meetings were conducted with trade and APMC of various districts by the Business Development Unit.

The huge savings in transit time compared to road transportation with a marginal difference in rail freight vis-a-vis road rates, these cold supply chains are immensely beneficial to agricultural sector to raise incomes in the food sector, especially in the present scenario. Further, talks are on with APMCs of districts served by Mysuru Division to explore the possibility of running full trains with refrigerated vans to different destinations across the country.

READ ALSO  Crowd Concern: Sub-Registrar offices turning out to be COVID hotspots

The Railways hereby urge APMCs to impress upon the growers to make full use of the new scheme for transportation of their perishables to far-flung areas in quick time, according to a press release.


Mysuru’s favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 45 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it’s readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.


Academy News Papers Private Limited, Publishers, Star of Mysore & Mysuru Mithra, 15-C, Industrial ‘A’ Layout, Bannimantap, Mysuru-570015. Phone no. – 0821 249 6520

To advertise on Star of Mysore, email us at

Online Edition: [email protected]
Print Editon: [email protected]
For News/Press Release: [email protected]