Several new initiatives are being taken by the Ministry of Shipping to improve infrastructure related to Shipping industry.
One major initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Shipping includes Feasibility studies in progress to set up dry ports at Wardha, Jalna and Belagavi.
A dry port (sometimes inland port) is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transshipment of sea cargo to inland destinations.
In addition to their role in cargo transshipment, dry ports may also include facilities for storage and consolidation of goods, maintenance for road or rail cargo carriers and customs clearance services. The location of these facilities at a dry port relieves competition for storage and customs space at the seaport itself.