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Government Issues Draft Indian Ports Bill For Stakeholder Consultation

The draft has been prepared to consolidate and amend the laws relating to ports, for the prevention and containment of pollution at ports. It also seeks to ensure compliance with the country’s obligation under the maritime treaties and international instruments to which India is a party

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The government on Thursday issued the draft of Indian Ports Bill, 2022 for stakeholder consultation.

The draft has been prepared to consolidate and amend the laws relating to ports, for the prevention and containment of pollution at ports. It also seeks to ensure compliance with the country’s obligation under the maritime treaties and international instruments to which India is a party.

The Bill seeks to repeal and replace the current 1908 Act.

The government has underlined a four-fold purpose of brining the legislation which include promotion of integrated planning between States inter-se and Centre-States through a purely consultative and recommendatory framework. 

It also aims to ensure prevention of pollution measures for all ports in India and address lacune in dispute resolution framework required for burgeoning ports sector. It envisages transparency and cooperation in development and other aspects through use of data.

Three earlier versions of the Bill were circulated by the Ministry to various stakeholder including Major Ports, States Governments, State Maritime Boards and various Central Government ministries. Draft IP Bill, 2022 has been formulated keeping in view all remarks that have been received.

Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways has stated that this bill will help in instilling confidence among more players thereby increasing their participation and promoting healthy competition in maritime sector. He said this will lead to increased economic activity, wider markets, and a significant increase in associated employment possibilities, resulting in achieving the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat of Prime Minister.

The ministry intends to seek feedback and suggestions on the draft IP Bill 2022 from all the stakeholders.


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