Govt launches online portal for issuing NOCs for projects in Indian waters

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday launched a web portal for issuing no objection certificates (NOCs) to companies undertaking power projects as well as activities related to research, survey, exploration and exploitation of natural resources in the Indian territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, a government statement said.

Singh launched the portal in the presence of Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy Chief Karambir Singh and Indian Air Force Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.

“The online system will establish an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process these proposals. The ministry has earlier launched a similar portal for grant of NOC for aerial survey,” the statement said.

According United Nations’ rules, an area up to 12 nautical miles from a country’s coastline comprises its territorial waters and an area extending up to 200 nautical miles from a country’s coastline make up its exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

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