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The government released the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 in Rajya Sabha to replace a nine-decade old law to pave the way for shifting from lighthouses to modern aids for marine navigation. Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal moved the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021 in the upper house for consideration and passing.
The new bill has compartmentalized different areas:
The Lok Sabha passed this bill in March 2021 and now this has been tabled in the Rajya Sabha to get approval for implementation. With the advent of modern technologically-improved aids to maritime navigation, the role of authorities regulating and operating maritime navigation has also changed drastically. The proposed legislation encompasses a major shift from lighthouses to modern aids of navigation.