Mumbai-Delhi food corridor plan to end veggie shortage?

The government’s Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the freight corridor might still be on the drawing board but a dedicated food corridor to transport fruits and vegetables is ready to roll out.

To deal with shortages, the agriculture ministry has got Indian Railways on board to pick up fruits and vegetables from Mumbai and other areas falling on the rail link to Delhi.

The railways would use some of its existing capacity and will also look at the possibility of having refrigerated vans in the future so that ‘bhaji’ from Mumbai can be sold in Delhi.

Though the plan has been in the works for a while, it was finalized recently after the railways agreed to ship fruits and vegetables, whose shortage was the prime driver of prices this winter, at lower rates.

Now, a Cabinet note is being moved to operationalize the scheme. The food corridor would also help the government deal with some of the setbacks it has received in developing fruits and vegetable hubs around large urban centres such as Delhi.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/mumbai-delhi-food-corridor-plan-to-end-veggie-shortage/articleshow/7480041.cms

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