Navigation Bill 2020 UPSC


Shipping Ministry issues draft “Aids to Navigation Bill 2020” for public consultation

      WHY IN NEWS:

Legislation aims to replace over 90 year old Lighthouse Act,1927

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Shipping
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2 : 3: Shipping : Technology : Bills : Recent Developments


For PRELIMS it is important to understand the office of Directorate general of lighthouses and lightships . 

For MAINS look out for modern technological interventions globally .


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision for augmenting people’s participation and transparency in the governance, Ministry of Shipping has issued the draft of Aids to Navigation Bill, 2020 for suggestions from the stakeholders and general public.


  • The draft bill is proposed to replace the almost nine decades old Lighthouse Act, 1927.
  • The bill is to incorporate the global best practices, technological developments and India’s International obligations in the field of Aids to Marine Navigation.
  • This initiative is part of the proactive approach adopted by the Ministry of Shipping.
  • The draft bill will be repealing archaic colonial laws and replacing it with modern and contemporary needs of the maritime industry.

Bill aims to regulate state-of-the-art technologies of marine navigation which was earlier used to tangle in statutory provisions of Lighthouse Act, 1927.

  • The draft bill provides for empowering Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) with additional power and functions such as Vessel Traffic Service, Wreck flagging, training and certification, implementation of other obligations under International Conventions, where India is a signatory.



To help the mariners and local fisherman to navigate safely in the Indian waters.


The Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships is a subordinate office under the Ministry of Shipping.

It provides General Aids to Marine Navigation along the Indian coast.


  • The Headquarters of the Directorate is at Noida.(U.P.)
  • For administrative control the entire coastline has been divided into Nine Districts having their regional headquarters at Gandhidham, Jamnagar, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Chennai, Visakhapatnam , Kolkata and Port Blair.


Provide safe and secure navigation in the Indian waters.


  • For the safe voyage in Indian waters, the Directorate has provided aids to marine navigation.
  • They can be categorized as visual and radio Aids.

The visual aids are lighthouses, light vessels, buoys and beacons.

  • The radio aids are DGPS, RACONs etc.
  • All these aids are passive in nature and not user interactive.
  • The Directorate has entered into the interactive field of Aids to Navigation i.e. Vessel Traffic Service.
  • For the control of jurisdiction the aids to marine navigation are categorized as General Aids and Local Aids.

The upkeep and maintenance of general aids to marine navigation is the responsibility of the Directorate as per the LH Act 1927.

  • The upkeep and maintenance of local aids is the responsibility of various Maritime State Government organizations like Ports, State Maritime Boards etc.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

Suggestions from the public and stakeholders will strengthen the provisions of the legislation. Team IASbhai requests you to provide your valuable feedback .

     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Navigation Bill 2020 | UPSC


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