The Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (DCPC) has extended its support to the draft Policy Directives for Land Management by Major Ports, 2012.
In its comments to the Ministry of Shipping, the DCPC said the policy will ensure that the land resources are put to their optimum land use as per approved Land Use Plan.
"It will also ensure optimum value is realised by licensing leasing port land through a transparent tender-cum-auction methodology," it said in its letter.
According to the DCPC, it has been clarified that there are no financial implications of this proposal in terms of seeking any approval for any expenditure.
The Ministry of Shipping had sought the DCPC's comments on its draft note ahead of placing it before the Cabinet seeking its approval.
On the basis of this proposed policy directive, land in all the major ports of the country, coming under the Ministry of Shipping, will be licenced and leased.
The objectives and purpose of the proposed policy directives are:
1. To ensure that the land resources are put to their optimum land use as per approved land use plan.
2. To ensure optimum value is realised by licensing/leasing port land through a transparent tender-cum-auction methodology.
3. To ensure that upfront value of land through transparent auction process is received by the ports at the time of entering into long-term lease with nominal amount of annual lease rental.
4. The policy clearly prescribes the procedure for revision of rates to be fixed at its optimum value to enable maximum resource generation for the ports and the methodology for regular updating of Schedule of Rates (SoR) in line with
corresponding market rates.
5. The policy also recognises the need for special dispensation for the case of educational institutions.
The proposed policy further recognises a transparent and competitive bidding-cum-auction process and e-auction methodology for all the cases of commercial and institutional leases