Union Minister of Ports Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal introduced the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill in the Rajya Sabha terming it to be very important for developing the entire navigation system of India.
- The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021 had been introduced in the Lok Sabha (Lower House) on 15 March 2021.
- The bill was moved by the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya.
- This initiative is part of the proactive approach which was adopted by the 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.
- This bill is aimed at the maintenance, development and management of marine aids to navigation around the country.
- It also aims to empower the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) by providing additional power and functions.
Salient Features of the Bill:
- The salient features of the Bill include – Development of vessel traffic services for enhancing the safety and efficiency of shipping, to protect the environment
- Marking of wrecks in general waters to indicate sunken or stranded vessels for safe navigation.
- The bill seeks to identify and develop heritage lighthouses.