Spurring a Sea Change

Infrastructure Transport

The draft Indian Ports Bill, 2020, has many positives, but it should safeguard state autonomy and plug holes. The wish list is for an act that will make India’s coastline future-ready – safe harbours, unimpeded access, water deep enough for the largest vessels, no risk of noise, dirt and danger associated with loading and unloading cargoes for workers and locals, smooth transport networks of the inland movement of goods, and strengthening systems and processes. By JAGANNARAYAN PADMANABHAN & PARUL SINGHAL GARG.