The Government is presently providing rail connectivity to all the 12 Major Ports (six on Western and six on Eastern Coasts) through services of Indian Railways. Capacity augmentation of the lines linking the ports to hinterland is taken up on a need-based manner.
Rail connectivity to some of Non-Major Ports namely Mundra, Dahej, Pipavav, Dhamra and Krishnapatnam etc have been provided under Public Private Partnership. A participative policy for rail connectivity has been issued in December, 2012 to facilitate rail connectivity to upcoming ports and mines through Public Private Participation. Several ports projects which have been granted approval / in-principle approval under the participative policy for rail connectivity are Jaigarh, Dighi, Riwas, Astaranga, Chhara, Nargol and Hazira.