Maharashtra government is all set to provide wide ranging sops to Private Port
Operators months before the Assembly elections.
concessions in Maharashtra Port Policy
Cabinet which met on July ninth cleared changes to the Maharashtra Port Policy
-- 2016, allowing major concessions in wharfage charges (reducing them to half
from three times), extending benefits to ‘green field’ ports and multimodal
jetties up to 50 years from 35 years, and extending the period of concessions
for shipyards to 30 years from 10 years. There are nearly five hundred minor
ports that are under the jurisdiction of the Maharashtra government.
changes were made based on the representation made by the Indian National Ship
Owners Association, Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India
(AMTOI) and other stakeholders last month, officials said.
to recommend to GST Council 5% cut in levy
government has assured the Industry that it would recommend to the Goods and
Services Tax (GST) Council a cut in levy to 5 per cent from the existing 12 per
cent for “multimodal” transport operators in Maharashtra. The Cabinet also
cleared the use of the jetties of the Maharashtra Maritime Board for a proposed
Ro-Ro service, tourism and other training purposes.
Cabinet approved new measurement rates for the foreshore land -- a land string
that margins a water body -- for which development charges have to be paid
upfront as per the ready reckoner rates.
The 5 per
cent GST levy on road transport operators is far less than that imposed on
multimodal operators, who have to pay 12 per cent. AMTOI had requested the
government to ensure a reduction in this duty. The government has promised to
take up the issue with the Centre once AMTOI provides the relevant data to back
its claims. The other proposals cleared by the state cabinet include reduction
of the current rebate given on inter- and intra-State movement in ports and
amendments will also address concerns around the security of the State’s ports.
Recently, Chief Minister Devendra
Fadnavis had, along with the Indian Navy, declared 20 ports in Raigad
alone -- of the 591 ports in Maharashtra -- as “sensitive”, and made the
information public in the Legislative Assembly.