Printed on Mon Sep 26 2022 7:36:53 PM

‘Mango Special Train’ launched from today

Staff Correspondent
Mango Special Train
The 'Mango Special Train' is being launched from today to transport mangoes. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate this 'mango train'. From Thursday, May 27, a mango special train will run on two trips from Dhaka to Rohanpur via Rohanpur-Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi and again from Dhaka to Rajshahi.

According to Rail Bhaban sources, the Mango special train will not stop at Chapainawabganj on its way back to Dhaka via Rohanpur-Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi. According to the ministry's proposal, the train will leave Rahanpur at 2 pm every day and reach Dhaka at 1 pm. He will leave Dhaka at 2.15 pm and reach Rahanpur at 11 am.

The fare for transporting mangoes from Rahanpur, Chapainawabganj and Amanura to Dhaka for about 400 km is Tk. 1.30 per kg. And for the 343 km road from Rajshahi to Dhaka, one has to pay TK. 1.17 per kg. This train has a total of five bogies. Each bogie has a capacity of 43 tons. However, considering the good quality of mangoes, about 150 tons of mangoes will be transported.

Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said, 'Railways do not just think of doing business. We want to give the service to the people. If you wanted to bring mango by bus, you had to pay up to TK. 25 per kg. But since we launched this service, they have come down to 13 taka.'

He said, 'We will give importance to me in this special train. However, if there is space on the train, there will be an opportunity to bring other agricultural products. If the demand increases, the train can be increased.

Meanwhile, at an exchange meeting on 'Mango Special Train' at the conference center of Rajshahi Railway Station last week, Md. Nasir Uddin said some low capacity products will be carried so that raw or semi-ripe mangoes do not spoil due to heat and excessive pressure. It will be possible to deliver fresh mangoes to the markets of Dhaka in a very short time by train. There is no possibility of any kind of damage to mango as there is no traffic jam and hilly place like roads.

Nasir Uddin further said that the labor cost has been fixed at Tk. 10 per carat.

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