Ministry of Railways has formulated final draft policy on Rail Terminals at Private Ports. The draft document is already available on the website of the Ministry of Railway, (Railway Board) www.indianrailways.gov.in . Ministry of Railways has invited suggestions/comments on this proposed policy from zonal railways and prospective investors latest by 10th February 2013. Comments/suggestions may be sent to Adviser Freight Marketing, Room No. 471, Ministry of Railways, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi-110001 at telefax No. 011-23385222 or e-mail at address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The objective of the policy as mentioned in the draft document states that this policy sets forth the framework of guidelines for development of Rail Terminals and associated logistics facilities for cargo handling and other value added services at privately developed ports. Such Private Port Terminals (PPT) will be permitted to handle all types of freight traffic transported in freight trains, container trains, privately owned special freight trains operating on IR system. Connectivity from the nearest suitable railhead to the terminal will be provided as per the extant policy on the subject. The PPT will be a multi-user facility; therefore no separate co-use permission shall be required.