The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 was passed by the parliament on July 27, 2021. The Bill seeks to provide a framework for the development, maintenance, and management of aids to navigation in India. It repeals the Lighthouse Act, 1927, which provides for the maintenance and control of lighthouses in India.
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said: “This Bill will provide a legal framework for the sector to meet the latest technologies and meets the requirements of best global practices for safe and secure navigation and protection of the marine environment.”
“This Bill will provide a legal framework for the sector to meet the latest technologies and meets the requirements of best global practices for safe and secure navigation and protection of the marine environment.”
The Bill will provide for the development, maintenance and management of aids to navigation in India; for training and certification of the operator of aids to navigation, development of its historical, educational and cultural value. The Bill will also ensure compliance with the obligation under the maritime treaties and international instruments to which India is a party. Lighthouses have also been globally identified as a major tourist attraction due to scenic location, typical architecture and heritage value.
The Bill provides that no person shall be allowed to operate on any aid to navigation (including any ancillary activities), or any vessel traffic service in any place unless he holds a valid training certificate. The Bill provides that the central government will appoint the Director General of Aids to Navigation. The Director General will advise the central government on matters related to aids to navigation, among others.