Draft Indian Ports Bill, 2022:
The Government of India has prepared the draft Indian Ports Bill, 2022 to consolidate and amend the laws relating to ports.
- The draft bill seeks to repeal and replace the existing the Indian Ports Act, 1908.
- Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has issued Draft Indian Ports Bill, 2022 for Stakeholder Consultation.
- The proposed bill will homogenize and streamline the development of the maritime sector, along with, promoting ease of doing business by eliminating unnecessary delays, disagreements and defining responsibilities.
- It will incorporate State Maritime Boards in the national framework.
- India has a 7,500 kilometre long coastline, 14,500 kilometer of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes.
- About 95 per cent of India’s trade by volume and 65 per cent by value is done through maritime transport facilitated by ports.