A legislation for setting up Kerala State Maritime Board was cleared by the cabinet in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan said.
A bill prepared by the Law Department to merge the Kerala Port Department's Hydrographic Survey Wing and Maritime Development Corporation for setting up the Board was approved by the cabinet, he told reporters here.
The main objective of the legislation was to coordinate the work connected with coastal development carried out by various departments and monitor maritime activities, he said.
The new Board would administer, control, regulate and manage all major and minor ports besides carrying out maintenance activities related to ships.
Apart from intensifying security measures across coastline, the Board would also take up steps for conservation of interior ports and evolve plans for integrated development of coastal areas across the state, officials said.
In collaboration with Coastguard various security measures will also be implemented.
The Board would also have powers to build new ports, shipyards and ship-repairing facilities and would identify new water corridors to promote maritime tourism and inland water cargo, they added.