The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020

Mar 20, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


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The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020 was introduced in Lok Sabha on March 12, 2020. The main objective is to provide for regulation, operation and planning of Major Ports in India and to vest the administration, control and management of such ports upon the Boards of Major Port Authorities. It shall apply to the Major Ports of Chennai, Cochin, Deendayal (Kandla), Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), Kolkata, Mormugao, Mumbai, New Mangalore, Paradip, V.O. Chidambaranar (Tuticorin) and Visakhapatnam.

The Central Government shall constitute a Board called the Board of Major Port Authority for that Major Port within a period of 90 days from the date of commencement of this Act.  The Board of each Major Port shall be entitled to create specific master plan in respect of any development or infrastructure established or proposed to be established within the port limits and the land appurtenant thereto and such master plan shall be independent of any local or State Government regulations of any authority.

The followings are the power of Board in respect of planning and development:-

1) undertake, execute and perform such works and provide such services at or within the port limits;

2) declare availability of the port assets at the Major Port;

3) develop and provide infrastructure facilities including setting up of new ports, jetties, navigational channels, dry ports and such other infrastructure;

4) take charge of the goods from the concerned owner for the purpose of performing any port related services;

5) order the master or owner or agent of any sea-going vessel, not to bring any vessel alongside of, or to remove such vessel from, any dock, berth, wharf, quay, stage, jetty or pier belonging to or under the control of the Board;

6) provide exemption or remission from payment of any rate or charge leviable on any goods or vessels or class of goods or vessels;

7) provide any other services or amenities in respect of vessels, passengers, goods or employees;

8) undertake, execute and perform such works, activities and studies to promote maritime education, training skill development of coastal communities, seafarers welfare and Major Port related development; and

9) make or construct or erect within the port limits such structures, buildings, drains, roads, fences, tube-wells, in-take wells, storage facilities, warehouses, pipelines, telephone lines, communication towers, electricity supply or transmission equipment and such other works.

[Bill No. 78 of 2020]


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