New Delhi: With a view to utilise surplus land for commercial purposes, Railways have now created a land bank of 1.12 lakh acres across the country.
“Our land bank is ready now as we have surplus land of 1.12 lakh acres at 103 sites across the country. This will be utilised for commercial purposes,” railway minister Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday while flagging off three trains.
Speaking on the occasion she mentioned about the benefits of the Kisan Vision scheme which aims at running special trains from production clusters of perishable goods to consumer centers transporting fruits and vegetables.
“The scheme aims to benefit farmers by creating cold storage facility for vegetables and other perishable items,” she said, adding: “Experts are examining the scheme.”
She also announced starting of the much talked about Duranto train services for Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai from Delhi by mid-September.
Besides, she said that more than 40 of the total 79 trains announced in the budget are ready to be flagged off within next 15 to 20 days.