Re­vised port de­vel­op­ment pol­icy: Maharashtra

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The Maharashtra govern­ment has passed a re­vised port de­vel­op­ment pol­icy em­pha­sis­ing an in­te­grated port de­vel­op­ment by cre­at­ing in­land con­nec­tiv­ity through road, rail and wa­ter trans­port net­work even though ex­perts are not con­vinced as the state has not fo­cussed on any op­er­a­tional mea­sures.

The new pol­icy in­cludes sev­eral duty waivers for build­ing green­field ports and ship­yards. The pol­icy will be ap­pli­ca­ble to the con­tracts that Maharashtra Mar­itime Board (MMB) has signed ear­lier with pri­vate de­vel­op­ers for build­ing green­field ports, cap­tive jet­ties, multi-pur­pose jet­ties and ship­yards. The pol­icy seeks to ad­dress all is­sues per­tain­ing to port and ship­ping in the en­tire life­cy­cle of a port pro­ject. The pol­icy autho­rises MMB to op­er­ate as a sin­gle win­dow for all clear­ances and con­ces­sions.

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