Having initiated the port project, the most important linkage that had to be put in place was rail connectivity. Although the Port of Pipavav had a meter gauge connection at Rajula at a distance of approximately 19 kilometres from Pipavav, this needed to be strengthened and extended to the port. SKIL took yet another bold initiative to undertake a joint venture (50:50) with the Ministry of Railways for gauge conversion and extension of railway lines from Surrendranagar to Pipavav. This 273 kilometre railway line project represents the first joint venture of the Ministry of Railways. This pioneering project represents a backward integration for the company for complete broad gauge rail connectivity between Pipavav and its hinterland. It shall not be an understatement to make, that this joint venture heralded the privatization of Railway projects in the Country.