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Indian Ports Act will be updated after 114 years

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Indian Ports Act will be updated after 114 years

In order to implement broad reforms in the industry, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has prepared a draught amendment to the Indian Ports Act, 1908 that would include non-major ports, establish a new dispute resolution mechanism, and give maritime state development councils more authority (MSDC). Stakeholder input will be gathered on the proposed law before it is presented to Parliament.

The measure creates a council that will be presided over by the Union minister for ports, shipping, and waterways in an effort to end delays in decision-making for non-major ports. According to the ministry, “MSDC will enable cooperative federalism where Centre and State/UT (united territory) administrations will collaborate to create a progressive road map for the nation.”

The change to the Major Ports Authority Act, which was introduced last year and drew criticism for the potential for a greater concentration of power in the hands of the central government—which oversees 12 major ports in India—could, according to sector experts, suffer the same fate.

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