Revised port development policy: Maharashtra
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.