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LS passes Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021 by voice vote.

The Bill will replace The Lighthouse Act, 1927.

The Bill provides for the development, maintenance and management of aids to navigation in India for training and certification of operators of aids to navigation.

As per statement of objects and reasons of The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021, ‘The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021, inter alia, provides to use the term ‘marine aids to navigation’ instead

of ‘lighthouse’ in order to statutorily recognise and enable further use of modern forms of aids to navigation.’

The Bill also seeks renaming of the existing Director General of Lighthouse and Lightships as

the Director General of Marine Aids to Navigation.

The Bill also provide a framework for establishment, operation and management of aids

to navigation.

The Bill also provide a framework for establishment, operation and management of

vessel traffic services.

Replying to the debate on The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021,Minister of State (MoS) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C), Mansukh Mandaviya said the government’s objective is to create a new structure for shipping services keeping in view the technological changes in the field of maritime shipping and their management is to be facilitated.

He said technology has developed a lot in the field of maritime assistance for navigation.

The Minister said the government is ensuring technical support other than the lighthouse and lightships for the ship traffic service and sailing assistance.

The Minister said the role of maritime support for navigation has become ‘radio and digital’ based, so it is necessary to use modern methods for maritime assistance in relation to navigation.

He said, “Tourism will be promoted by developing traditional lighthouses designed to guide the seaplanes and boats as heritage.”

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