The Major Port Authorities Act, 2021
26. Powers of Board in respect of planning and development.-
(1) For the purposes of planning and development of the Major Port, the Board in relation to that Major Port shall have the power to make regulations, not inconsistent with the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) or any rules made thereunder, to-
(a) undertake, execute and perform such works and provide such services at or within the port limits and Major Port approaches on such terms and conditions as it may deem necessary or expedient;
(b) declare availability of the port assets at the Major Port or Major Port approaches for port related activities and services subject to such limits, conditions and restrictions as it may deem necessary or expedient;
(c) develop and provide infrastructure facilities including setting up of new ports, jetties, navigational channels, dry ports and such other infrastructure in furtherance of the interest of the Major Port;
(d) take charge of the goods from the concerned owner for the purpose of performing any port related services;
(e) order, in case of emergency or for any other reason, the master or owner or agent of any sea-going vessel, not to bring any vessel alongside of, or to remove such vessel from, any dock, berth, wharf, quay, stage, jetty or pier belonging to or under the control of the Board;
(f) permit construction and development by itself or through any person, to make, erect, fix or remove within the port limits or Major Port approaches any wharf, dock, quay, stage, jetty, pier, building or structure, erection or mooring or undertake any reclamation of foreshore within the said limits and buildings and amenities required for the residence and welfare of the employees of the Board, subject to such limits, conditions and restrictions as it may deem necessary or expedient;
(g) provide exemption or remission from payment of any rate or charge leviable on any goods or vessels or class of goods or vessels under this Act;
(h) provide any other services or amenities in respect of vessels, passengers, goods or employees;
(i) undertake, execute and perform such works, activities and studies to promote maritime education, training skill development of coastal communities, seafarers welfare and Major Port related development; and
(j) make or construct or erect within the port limits such structures, buildings, drains, roads, fences, tube-wells, in-take wells, storage facilities, warehouses, pipelines, telephone lines, communication towers, electricity supply or transmission equipment and such other works and conveniences as the Board of each Major Port thinks proper.
(2) The power of the Board to make regulations under sub-section (1) shall be independent of powers of any local authority to make regulations in respect of Major Port:
Provided that in case of conflict between the regulations made by the local authority and those made by Board, the regulations made by Board shall prevail.