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The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974

( ACT NO. XXVI OF 1974 )

Control of pollution

1[8.  (1) The Government may, with a view to sustainably managing, preserving and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems, through preventing and controlling marine pollution, take such measures as it may deem fit and proper.

(2) The Government may, with a view to preserving the quality and ecological balance in the marine environment in the Maritime Zones under jurisdiction, make rules-

(a) to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment;

(b) to prevent, reduce and control pollutions from land-based sources, sea-based activities, by dumping or from vessels, from or through atmosphere, by plastics and micro plastics; and

(c) to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystem by strengthening their resilience and restoration.]

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