The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021 was introduced in the Lok Sabha (Lower House) on 15 March 2021.
- The bill was moved by Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya.
- This initiative is part of the proactive approach which was adopted by Shipping Ministry by repealing the archaic colonial laws and replacing them with the modern and contemporary needs in the maritime industry.
- The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha with the aim of repealing the colonial Lighthouse Act of 1927.
- It also aims to empower the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) by providing the additional power and functions.
Main Points of the Bill:
The main points of the Bill are as follows:
- The bill seeks to provide a fresh framework so as to establish and manage the vessel traffic services.
- The bill seeks to use the term “marine aids to navigation” instead of “lighthouse” in order to enable the use of modern forms of aids in the navigation.
- The bill seeks to replace the nine-decade-old law governing the lighthouses.
- The Bill also seeks to rename the existing Director General of Lighthouse and Lightships as the Director General to provide a framework for establishment, operation and management of vessel traffic services.
- The bill proposes to incorporate technological developments, global best practices and international obligations of India in marine navigation field.
- The bill seeks to identify and develop the heritage lighthouses.