The maiden train which was slated to be flagged off Today from Warud in Amravati district to Benapole in Bangladesh, carrying oranges, has been put off till October 25.
With 460 tonne citrus fruits, a rake of 20 parcel wagons was to leave on October 20, reports The Times of India.
However, as the shifting of the produce till parcel vans has been delayed due to bad roads, the date has been deferred.
Ramesh Jichkar, chief executive officer (CEO) of Shramjivi Nagpuri Orange Producers Company, Warud, said, "Roads were badly damaged due to rains. On October 16, when we tried to push an empty truck towards the track, it got stuck.
"Pushing loaded vehicles would have been risky." Hence, the date for the Benapole train was deferred in a joint meeting of railway officials led by senior divisional commercial manager (SrDCM) Krishnath Patil and traders.
Central Railway spokesperson SG Rao said, "If roads were one reason, due to rains harvesting was also affected. Secondly, there was a logjam on Bangladesh border and therefore the maiden run was deferred. The train to Bangladesh will leave via Nagpur."
In another development, the Orange Kisan Rail that was flagged off on October 14 by Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari has evoked good response and its with its second trip to Delhi all set to chug on Wednesday.
"Of the 10 parcel vans in which the fruits are to be sent to Delhi, eight have already been booked. Railway officials are working to ensure more vans are booked," said Rao.