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Major Ports Authorities Bill would encourage good competition: Union minister

The invoice was handed within the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday by means of poll votes with 84 in favour and 44 towards it; the Lok Sabha had cleared it in September final year.

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi

UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 03:57 PM IST

Union minister of state for ports, transport and waterways Mansukh Mandaviya stated on Wednesday that the Major Ports Authorities Bill, 2020 would encourage good competitors amongst main and personal ports. He added that it would additionally enhance port land utilization and amplify competitors in port tariffs.



The invoice was handed within the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday by means of poll votes with 84 in favour and 44 towards it; the Lok Sabha had cleared it in September final year.

The invoice seeks to supply extra autonomy in decision-making to the 12 main ports of the country- Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (together with Haldia)- and likewise professionalise their governance by means of the formation of boards.

Speaking to the information company ANI, Mansukh stated, “Major Ports Authorities Bill will encourage good competition between major & private ports. It’ll boost port land usage and amplify competition in port tariffs. India’s major ports will be able to survive while competing with non-major and private ports.”

Several opposition events together with the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and so on opposed the invoice by alleging that it was aimed in the direction of the privatisation of ports and depleting the powers of states with regard to land use.

Congress MP Shaktisinh Gohil identified that loopholes within the draft copy of the invoice have been deliberately saved with a view to help the “backdoor entry of the friends” into the sector. Echoing Gohil’s argument, DMK chief P Wilson stated that the invoice had been handed to serve non-public gamers and likewise scale back the state governments’ say within the improvement of ports.

Responding to all these allegations of the opposition leaders, Union minister Mandaviya stated that the invoice was not meant in the direction of privatising main ports. It would moderately enhance their determination making powers in order that they’ll compete with world-class ports.

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