Centre works on a new legislative framework for ports

The centre is working on a new legislative framework for ports. The framework is designed to increase transparency in port tariffs, revise penalties for offences, and replace over 110-year-old rules with more than 15 sets of rules. The proposed Indian Ports Bill for 2023 is intended to replace the Indian Ports Act from 1908. The aim is to grant authority to the Maritime Sta­tes Development Council and encourage coordinated planning betwe­en the central and state governments regarding port development.