The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has circulated a draft of Indian Ports Bill 2020 for public consultation which will repeal and replace the Indian Ports Act, 1908.
The Bill seeks to enable the structured growth and sustainable development of ports to attract investments in the Port sector for optimum utilisation of the Indian coastline by effective administration and management of ports. It will facilitate conservation of ports, taking into account the prevalent situation with respect to the high number of non-operational ports. It will also ensure greater investment in the Indian maritime and ports sector.
The Bill also seeks to create an enabling environment for the growth and sustained development of the ports sector through the broad methods like constitution of Maritime Port Regulatory Authority, formulation of the National Port policy and National Port plan in consultation with Coastal State Governments, formulation of specialised Adjudicatory Tribunals to curb any anti-competitive practices in the port sector.
The up-to-date provisions of the proposed Bill will ensure safety, security, pollution control, performance standards and sustainability of Ports.
The Bill seeks to provide increased opportunities for public and private investments in the Indian maritime and ports sector. Enhancing Ease of Doing Business, it will provide greater impetus to a self-reliant domestic investment climate in the maritime sector, towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiatives of the Government.
Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya said, Government is working on creation of a National Port Grid. He said, this Bill will be a game changer in the Indian maritime sector specially for bringing more investments.
The draft of Indian Ports Bill 2020 can be accessed on the link http://shipmin.gov.in/sites/default/files/IPAbill.pdf and suggestions can be sent to [email protected] by 24th of this month.