Gandhidham is a town in Kutch district of Gujarat while Tuna-Tekra Port is a port 20 k.m. west of Kandla in Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. On 14th July, 2015, the Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the newly constructed broad-gauge railway-line between Gandhidham and Tuna-Tekra Port in Gujarat by flagging off a goods train. The inauguration was done from Delhi through remote control by setting-up a video-conferencing between Rail Bhawan, New Delhi and Gandhidham Railway Station. The project is the first Non-Government Railway Project of Indian Railways under the private line/Non-Government Railway (NGR) Model of Participative Model Policy of 2012. This project covering approximately 17-km was approved by the Railway Board in October 2013 has been funded by Kandla Port Trust (KPT). The construction of this line had started in May 2014 and completed in May 2015 at a cost of Rs 185 crore. Major traffic from the port is coal and fertilizer with an expected commodity traffic of average 4 rakes daily.
The project has been executed in two parts 11 km. Gandhidham- Tuna Rail line by Western Railway Zone (as deposit work) and 6 km line between Tuna-Tekra by Kandla Port Trust. Earlier, between 2002-2012 seven port connectivity projects were implemented. These projects have added approximately 950 km of railway line bringing an investment of approximately Rs.3000 crore.