Q. Consider the following statements regarding Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021:
1. The Bill applies to territorial waters, continental shelf, and exclusive economic zone.
2. State governments will be able to designate any aid to navigation as a heritage lighthouse.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:
  • Statement 1 is correct: The Bill applies to the whole of India including various maritime zones including territorial waters, continental shelf, and exclusive economic zone. 
  • Statement 2 is incorrect: The Central Government, not state govt, can designate any aid to navigation under its control as a “heritage lighthouse”. In addition to their function as aids to navigation, such lighthouses will be developed for educational, cultural, and tourism purposes 

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