Marine Aids to Navigation Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha

The government on 19th July, 2021 had introduced a Bill in the Rajya Sabha that seeks to repeal the decades old Lighthouse Act of 1927 to make way for shifting to modern aids from lighthouses for marine navigation.



  • Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports Shipping and Waterways, introduced the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, which he had termed to be very important for developing the entire navigation system of India.
  • This bill was passed in the Lok Sabha way back in March
  • This bill is aimed at maintenance, development and management of marine aids to navigation around the country.


Salient Features of the Bill

The salient features of the Bill include development of vessel traffic services for enhancing the efficiency and safety of shipping, marking of wrecks in general waters to indicate sunken or stranded vessels for safe navigation and to protect the environment. Also, this bill seeks for the development of heritage lighthouses across the nation.


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