PORT QASIM AUTHORITY ACT, 1973
ACT NO; XLIII of 1973
27th , June, 1073
An Act to provide for the establishment of the Port Qasim Authority
WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the establishment of an Authority for
making all arrangements for the planning , development and management of Muhammad
Bin Qasim Port at Phitti Creek, hereinafter referred to as Port Qasim, and
associated facilities and industries and for matters incidental thereto
It Is hereby enacted as follows:-
SECTION 1 SHORT TITLE, EXTENT AND COMMENCEMENT
(1) This Act may be called the Port Qasim Auth Act, 1973.
(2) It extends to the whole of the Port area.
(3) It shall come into force at once.
SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS
In this Act unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) “agency ” means any department or organization of the Federal
Government or a Provincial Government and includes a corporation or other
body set up or controlled by such Government ;
(b) ” Authority ” means the Port Qasim Authority established under
(c) ” building ” includes any factory, industrial or business establishment,
shop, godown, warehouse, house, outhouse, hut, hutment, shed, garage, stable,
well or platform and any other structure, whether meant for residential or
business purposes or not, made of masonry , bricks, wood, mud, thatch, metal
or any other material, but does not include a temporary structure for purposes
connected with agriculture;
(d) ” Board ” means the Board constituted under section 6 ;
(e) ” Chairman ” means the Chairman of the Board
(f) ” Deputy Commissioner ” means the Deputy Commissioner having
jurisdiction in the Port area, and include any other officer appointed by
the Authority to exercise or perform all or any of the powers or functions
of Deputy Commissioner under this Act;
(g) ” goods ” includes wares and merchandise of every description;
(h) ” high-water mark ” means a line drawn through the highest points
reached by ordinary spring-tides at any season of the year;
(i) ” land ” Includes buildings and benefits arising out of land
and things attached to the earth or permanently fastened to anything attached
to the earth and the foreshore and the bed of the sea;
(j) “local body ” means the local body, the local council or the
municipal body as defined in clauses (23), (24) and (27) of Article 3 of the
Basic Democracies Order, 1959, or the Cantonment Board, having jurisdiction
in the area concerned, and includes an Improvement Trust within such area
(k) “market value” means the average market value prevailing during
the period commencing the first day of January, 1970, and ending on the thirty
first day of December, 1972.
(l) “master ” when used in relation to any vessel, means any person
having for the time being the charge or control of such vessel ;
(m) ” member ” means a member of the Board
(n) “owner ” when used in relation to goods, includes any consignor,
consignee, shipper, agent for shipping, clearing or removing such goods, or
agent for the sale or custody of such goods; and, when used in relation to
any vessel, includes any part owner, charterer, consignee or mortgagee in
possession thereof .
(o) ” port area ” means the area falling within the limits of Port
Qasim as may be defined for the purposes of this Act ;
(p) ” regulations ” means regulations made under this Act;
(q) ” rules ” means rules made under this Act
(r) ” scheme ” means a planning scheme or a development scheme made
under this Act.
SECTION 3 DECLARATION OF PORT AREA
(1) The Federal Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette define
the limits of Port Qasim for the purposes of this Act; and may, from time
to any by a notification , alter such limits.
(2) The limits defined under subsection (1) may extend to my part of the navigable
approaches to the Port area, and may include any wharves, tramways, warehouses,
sheds and other works made on behalf of the public for convenience of traffic,
for safety of vessels, or for the improvement, maintenance and good government
of the port, whether within or without high water mark, and subject to any
rights of private property therein, any portion of the shore within fifty
yards of high-water mark.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AUTHORITY
SECTION 4 ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AUTHORITY
(1) There shall be established an Authority to be known as the Port Qasim
Authority for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(2) The Authority -shall be a body corporate, having perpetual succession
and a common seal with power , subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire
and hold property, both movable and immovable , and shall by its own sue and
SECTION 5 MANAGEMENT
(1) The general direction and administration of the Authority and its affairs
shall vest in the Board which may exercise all powers and do all acts and
things which may be exercised or done by the Authority.
(2) The Board in discharging its functions shall act on sound principles of
port planning and development and port management and shall be guided on questions
of policy by such directions as the Federal Government may, from- time to
(3) If any question arises as to whether any matter is a matter of policy
or not, decision of the Federal Government shall be final.
SECTION 6 CONSTITUTION OF THE BOARD
(1) The Board shall consist of not less than three and not more than seven
members, including the Chairman, to be appointed, by the Federal Government.
(2) The Chairman and other members shall, unless the Federal Government otherwise
directs, hold office for a period of five years.
(3) Any person ceasing to be Chairman or a member of -the Board by reason
of the expiry of the term of his office shall be eligible for re-appointment
for another term of five years or for such shorter term as the Federal Government
(4) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid merely on the ground
of the existence of any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of,
(5) The Chairman and any member may, by writing under his hand addressed to
the Federal Government, resign his office.
Provided that his resignation shall not take effect until accepted by the
SECTION 7 REMUNERATION AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The Chairman and each member shall receive such salary and allowances and
shall be subject to such conditions of service as may be determined by the
SECTION 8 DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS
(1) The Chairman and members shall discharge such duties and perform such
functions as are assigned to them by or under this Act.
(2) Until the Board is duly constituted, the Chairman shall subject to such
directions as the Federal Government may from time to time give, exercise
the powers, discharge the duties and perform the functions of the Board.
SECTION 9 HEADQUARTERS OF THE AUTHORITY AND MEETINGS OF THE BOARD
(1) Until the Authority establishes its headquarters elsewhere within the
port, its head quarter shall be situated at Karachi.
(2) The meeting of the Board shall be held at such times and places and in
such manner as the regulations may provide:
Provided that, until regulations are made in this behalf , the meetings of
the Board shall be held as and when convened by the Chairman.
POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE AUTHORITY
SECTION 10 MASTER PLANAND MASTER PROGRAMME
The Authority shall prepare a master-plan and a phased master-programme for
the development of the Port area and the plan and programme shall be submitted
to the Federal Government for approval.
SECTION 11 PREPARATION OF SCHEMES BY LOCAL BODIES OR
(1) The Authority may, pursuant to the master-plan and the master-programme,
call upon any local body or agency operating in the Port area to prepare,
in consultation with the Authority, a scheme or schemes in respect of matters
ordinarily deal with by such local body or agency, and thereupon the local
body or agency shall be responsible for the preparation of the scheme or schemes
within a reasonable time.
(2) Such schemes may relate to–
(a) land use ,.zoning and land-reservation
(b) public buildings
(c) industry ;
(d) transportation and communications. highways, roads, streets, railways,
aerodromes, Jetties wharves, moorings, navigational aids, sheds, ware-houses,
godowns , navigation channels and workshops;
(e) telecommunications, including wireless, television, radio, telephone ;
(f) utilization of water, power and other natural resources
(g) community planning, housing, slum clearance, amelioration;
(h) community facilities, including water supply, sewerage disposal, electricity
supply, gas supply, and other public utilities;
(i) residential accommodation and welfare facilities for employees of the
(j) environmental control and prevention of pollution.
(3) The Federal Government may, by notification in the, official Gazette,
add to, alter or amend the list of subjects given in sub-section (2), and
any such addition, alteration or amendment shall take effect as if’ it had
been enacted in this Act.
(4) The expenditure incurred on the preparation of any such schemes as aforesaid
shall be borne as agreed to between the Authority and the local body or agency
and, in the event of disagreement between them, as may be determined by the
(5) No planning or development scheme shall be prepared by any person or by
any local body or agency operating in the Port area without the prior approval
of the Authority.
(6) The Authority may, pursuant to the master-plan , and master programme
prepare such other scheme for the port area as the need for port development
and port management may require.
SECTION 12 MANNER AND FORM FORM ETC OF THE SCHEME
12. All schemes under section 11 shall be prepared in such manner and form
as the Federal Government may specify , and shall contain among other things
the following information namely
(a) description of the scheme and the manner of its execution;
(b) estimate of costs and benefits;
(c) allocation of costs to the various purpose to be wk by the scheme.
SECTION 13 POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY
(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Act the Authority may take such
measures and exercise such powers as may be necessary for the carrying out
of the purposes of this Act.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred by sub-section
(1), the Authority may__
(a) incur any expenditure necessary for carrying out purposes of this Act
(b) acquire any land in the Port area in accordance with the procedure laid
down in Chapter IV-,
(c) undertake any works in the Port area in pursuance of any scheme prepared
under sub-section (6) of section 11;
(d) procure plant, machinery, instruments and required for its use ;
(e) enter into and perform all such contracts as it may consider necessary
(f) cause studies, surveys, experiments and technical researcher to be made
or contribute towards the cost of any such studies, surveys, experiments or
search made by any other agency at the request of the Authority;
(g) issue interim development orders for areas for which a master-plan is
under preparation and restrict or prohibit by general or special order any
change in the use of land and alteration in buildings structures and installations
(h) cause removal of any works obstructing the of any of its schemes ;
(i ) seek and obtain advice and assistance for the preparation of any planning
scheme or for the execution of any schemes from any local body or agency and
such local body or agency shall give the advice and assistance sought by the
Authority to the best of its ability, knowledge and judgment, and additional
expenditure, if any , involved in giving such advice or assistance shall be
borne by the Authority.
(3) The Authority shall frame__
(a) a scale of tolls , dues, rates and charges, annual or other, to be paid
by the owners of vessels playing whether for hire or not and whether regularly
or occasionally, within or partly within and partly with- out the limits of
the Port area, in respect of such vessels and of persons whether in charge
of, or on board, such vessels, and also respect of the licensing, registration
and regulation of such vessels and persons:
Provided that no such tolls, dues, rates and charges shall be chargeable in
respect of vessels which are liable to Port dues under the provisions of Schedule
I to the Ports Act, 1908 ;
(b) a scale of tolls, dues, rates and charges__
(i) for the landing and shipment of goods from and in sea-going vessels, and
not being sea-going vessels, respectively, at such docks, wharves, quays,
stages, moorings, jetties, piers and anchorages as belong to the Authority,
or any other agency authorised by the Authority to construct such facilities;
(ii) for the use of such docks, wharves, quays, stages, moorings, jetties,
piers and anchorages by such vessels ;
(iii) for the storing and keeping of any goods stored in any premises belonging
to the Authority
(iv) for the removal of goods ; and
(v) for the use of any moorings;
(c) a scale of tolls for the use of the said docks, wharves, quays, moorings,
stages, jetties, piers and anchorages by any such vessels, in case the Authority
permits the goods to be landed or shipped by persons other than its own officers
and servants ; and
(d) a wale of charges for-
(i) any service to be performed by the Authority or its servants in respect
of any vessels or goods;
(ii) the use of any works or appliances to be provided by the Authority
(iii) for the carrying of passengers and their personal effects on vessels
belonging to, or hired by, the Authority; and
(iv) for the towing of and rendering assistance to any vessels, tugs, or other
boats, or their equipment, within the limits of the Port area or outside those
limits, for the purpose of saving or protecting life or property.
(4) Every scale framed under sub-section (3) shall be submitted to the Federal
Government and, after approval or modification by the Federal Government,
shall be published in the official Gazette.
SECTION 14 TOLLS AND CHARGES MAY BE REMITTED IN SPECIAL
The Board may, in special cases, with the sanction of the Federal Government,
remit the whole or any portion. of a toll, due, rate or charge leviable according
to any scale for the time being in force under section 13
Provided that the sanction of the Federal Government shall not be necessary
if the remission in any one case does five thousand rupees or such larger
sum as the Federal Government may from time to time specify:
Provided further that, in a case where the remission does not exceed two thousand
rupees, the remission may be granted by the Chairman or an officer authorised
by him in his behalf .
SECTION 15 BOARD’S LIEN FOR TOLLS AND CHARGES
(1) For-the amount of all tolls, dues, rates and charges leviable under this
Act in respect of any goods, the Board shall have a lien on such goods, and
shall be entitled to seize and detain the same until such tolls, dues, rates
and charges are fully paid and for the amount of rent lawfully due on buildings,
plinths stacking areas and other premises which are the property of Board,
and not paid after bills therefore have been duly preferred the Board shall
have a lien on all goods therein or the on, shall be entitled to seize and
detain the same.
(2) Tolls, dues, rates and charges in respect of goods to be landed shall
become payable immediately on the landing goods and, in respect of goods to
be removed from the premises of the Board or to be shipped for export, shall
be payable before the goods are removed or shipped.\
(3) The lien for such tolls, dues, rates and charges shall have priority over
all other liens and claims, except a lien freight, primage and general average
, where such lien has preserved in the manner hereinafter provided, and a
lien money payable to the Federal Government under any law ft time being in
SECTION 16 OWNER’S LIEN FOR FREIGHT
(1) If the master or owner of any vessel, at or before the time of landing
from such vessel of any goods at any wharf dock, quay, stage, jetty or pier,
gives to the Board notice in writing that such goods are to remain subject
to a lien for freight primage or general average of any amount to be mentioned
in such notice, such goods shall continue to be liable, after landing thereof,
to such lien.
(2) Such goods shall be retained either in the warehouses and sheds of the
Board or, with ,the consent of the Collector of Customs, in a public warehouse,
at the risk and expense the owner of the owner of the said goods, until the
lien is discharged as after mentioned.
SECTION 17 DISCHARGE OF SHIPOWNER’S LIEN FOR FREIGHT
Upon the production to any officer appointed by the Board in that behalf of
a document purporting to be a receipt for , or a release from, the amount
of such lien, executed by person by or on whose behalf such notice has been
given, the Board may permit such goods to be removed without regard to such
SECTION 18 GOODS MAY BE REMOVED TO WAREHOUSE
(1) Whenever goods which have been landed have, without any default on the
part of the Board, been left for five clear days on or in any wharf of shed
belonging to the Board, the Board may cause such goods to be removed either
to any warehouse belonging to it or, with the consent of the Collector of
Customs , to a public warehouse ; and the removal to and detention in any
such warehouse shall be at the risk and expense of the owner of the said goods.
(2) Whenever any goods are so removed, the Board shall give notice of such
removal to the consignee or other person concerned by notification in the
official Gazette specifying therein name of the ship which brought the goods,
the date of her arrival, and the numbers, marks and descriptions of the goods
so for as the same appear and the consignee of such goods or other, person
to whom notice has been given as aforesaid, in addition to the expenses of
the removal of the same, shall be liable , in case the goods are removed to
any warehouse of the Board to a charge for warehousing for the time during
which the goods shall remain in the said warehouse.
(3) If the goods are removed to a public warehouse, the said consignee shall
be liable to the charges for warehousing goods in such public warehouse and
the said goods shall remain subject to all liens to which they would have
been liable if they had remained in the possession of the Board , and shall
be subject to the power of sale hereingiven.
SECTION 19 RECOVERY OF TOLLS AND CHARGES OF SALE OF
(1) If the tolls, dues, rates and charges payable to the Board under this
Act in respect of any goods which have been landed or if rents due under section
15 are not paid, or if the lien for freight, primage or general average, where
such notice as aforesaid has been given, is not discharged, the Board may
and in the in the latter event, if required by or on behalf of the person
claiming such lien for freight, primage or general average, shall at .the
expiration of two months from the time when the goods were placed in its custody,
or seized and detained for rents due sell by public auction the said goods,
or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy the amounts hereinafter
directed to be paid out of the of the produce of such sale.
(2) Before making such sale, at least ten days notice of the same shall be
given by publication thereof in the official Gazette and two local news papers
(3) If the address of the consignee of the goods or of his agent has been
stated on the manifest of the cargo, or in any of the documents which have
come into the hands of the Board, or in otherwise known , notice shall. also
be given to the consignee of goods or to his agent by letter delivered at
such address or sent by post ; but the title of bona fide purchaser of such
goods shall not be invalidated by reason of the omission to send such notice
, nor shall any such purchaser be bound to inquire whether been sent:
Provided that, if such goods are of so perishable a
nature as, in the opinion of the officer appointed by the Board in that behalf,
to render early or immediate sale necessary or advisable, the Board may within
such period being not less than twenty-four hours after the landing of the
goods, as it thinks fit, sell by public auction the said goods or such portion
of them as aforesaid in which event such notice, if any, shall be given to
the consignee of goods or his agent as the urgency of the case admits of.
SECTION 20 REMOVAL OF UNCLAIMED GOODS
(1) When delivery of goods is not claimed by owner at the expiry of one month
from the date on which they are placed in the custody of the Board, the Board
shall cause a notice be served upon the owner requiring him to remove the
Provided that , where all rates and charges in respect goods have been duly
paid, such notice shall not be served till the expiration of two months from
the said date.
(2) Such notice shall be published and served in the manner prescribed in
sub-sections (2) and (3) of section 19, but where the owner is not known,
or the notice cannot be served upon him or he does not comply with the notice,
the Board may sell the goods by public auction after the expiration of ten
weeks from the date on which such goods were placed in the custody of the
(3) The Federal Government may, by notification it the official Gazette, exempt
any goods or class of goods from the operation of this section.
SECTION 21 POWERS TO DISTRAIN VESSELS FOR NON-PAYMENT
OF RATES ETC.
(1) If the master of any vessel in respect of which any tolls, dues, rates,
charges or penalties shall be payable under this Act, or any bye-laws made
thereunder, refuses or neglects to pay the same or any part thereof on demand,
it shall be lawful for the Board to distrain or arrest of its own authority
such vessel and the tackle, apparel or furniture belonging thereto, or any
part thereof and detain the same until the amount so due be paid.
(2) In case any part of the said rates or penalties, or of the cost of the
distress or arrest or of the keeping of the same, shall remain unpaid for
a period of fifteen days next after any such distress or arrest shall have
been so made the Board may cause the vessel, or other thing so distrained
or arrested to be sold and with the proceeds of such sale may satisfy such
tolls ,dues, rates, charges or penalties and costs of sale remaining unpaid
, rendering the surplus, if any, to the master of such vessel on demand.
SECTION 22 PORT-CLEARANCE NOT TO BE GRANTED TILL RATES
If the Board shall give to the officer of Government whose duty is to grant
the port-clearance of any vessel, a notice stating that an amount therein
specified is due in respect of tolls, dues, rates, charges or penalties chargeable
under this Act, or any bye-laws or orders made hereunder against such vessel
the owner or master of such vessel, in respect thereof, such officer shall
not grant such port-clearance until the amount so chargeable shall have been
SECTION 23 ALTERNATIVE REMEDY BY SUIT
Notwithstanding anything contained in sections 15, 16 17, 18 19, 20, 21 and
22, the Board may recover by suit any tolls ,dues, rates, charges, damages,
expenses, costs, or in case of sale the balance there of when such proceeds
of sale are insufficient or fines payable to or recoverable by the the Board
under this Act or under any bye-laws made thereunder.
SECTION 24 SURPLUS OF PORT DUES TO BE PAID TO BOARD
The surplus, if any, of the moneys credited under section 36 of the Ports
Act, 1908, to the account of the port fund of the port , after defraying therefrom
all expenses legally chargeable to the said account shall be paid to the Board
SECTION 25 RIGHTS OF BOARD TO MAINTAIN PILOTS
(1) The Board shall have the right of maintaining pilot for the navigation
of vessels at the port, and shall be bound to provide a sufficient number
of pilots for that purpose, and all fees for pilotage shall be paid to the
Provided that no person shall be appointed to be a .pilot by the Board who
is not for the time being authorised under the provisions of the Ports Act,
1908, to pilot vessels.
(2) The Board may also, from time to time, make such bye-laws as it shall
(a) for fixing and regulating the wages and allowances for pilotage to be
received by pilots ; and
(b) for regulating the behaviour and conduct of pilots whether maintained
by the Board or not, and shall enforce the observance of such bye-laws and
regulations by the imposition of pecuniary penalties not exceeding two hundred
rupees for each offence , or by suspension, or deprivation or otherwise as
may appear to it to be. expedient :
Provided that such bye-laws shall first have been approved by the Federal
Government and, published in the manner laid down in section 26.
SECTION 26 APPROVAL AND PUBLICATION OF BYE-LAWS
No bye-law, or alteration or revocation of a bye-law, shall have until the
same shall have been approved by the Federal Government and such approval
shall have been published in the official Gazette and no bye-law or alteration
or revocation of bye laws shall be approved by the Federal Government until
a draft of the same shall be and a notice specifying a date at or after the
draft at or after which the draft will be submitted to the Federal Government
shall have been published in the official Gazette and in such other manner
as the Federal Government may from time to time prescribe, nor unless the
said draft shall have been submitted for its approval.
SECTION 27 REMOVAL ETC., OF BUILDING
The Board shall not order or cause any budding in the port area to be removed
or demolished unless an opportunity of being heard has been given to the owner
or occupier thereof and his objections, if any, has been duly been considered,
and the Board is satisfied that the removal or demolition of the building
is essential to the execution of its schemes.
SECTION 28 PRIVATE WHARVES, ETC., PROHIBITED
(1) Save as hereinafter provided, no person except the Board shall make, erect
or fix below high-water mark within the port area any wharf, dock, quay, stage,
jetty, pier, erection or mooring.
(2) Any matter or thing so made, erected or fixed may be removed by the Board
and the person who has so made, erected or fixed any such matter or thing
shall be punished which may extend to five thousand rupees for every day during
which such matter or thing has been permitted to remain so made, erected or
fixed after notice to remove the same has been given to him, and shall also
be liable to pay all expenses which may have been incurred by the Board in
removing such matter or thing.
SECTION 29 POWER TO PERMIT ERRECTION OF PRIVATE WHARVES,
The Board may, by an order in writing and subject to Such conditions as it
may specify in the order permit any person to make, erect or fix below high-water
mark within the Port area any wharf, dock, quay, stage, jetty, pier, erection
SECTION 30 POWER TO AMEND SCHEMES
Any scheme prepared under section 11 may at any time be amended or modified
by the Authority and where the amended or modified scheme exceeds the financial
power of the Authority, it shall obtain the previous approval in writing of
the Federal Government.
SECTION 31 EXECUTION OF SCHEMES ETC., THROUGH LOCAL
BODIES AND AGENCIES
(1) The Authority may require a local body or agency within whose jurisdiction
any particular area covered by a scheme lies–
(a) to execute a scheme in consultation with the Authority.
(b) to take over and maintain any of the works and services in that area ;
(c) to enforce regulations on behalf of the Authority,
(2) The expenditure incurred on the execution of a or on the taking over or
maintenance of any work, or the enforcement of regulations, under this section,
shall be b be agreed to between the Authority and the local body or agency
, and, in the event of disagreement, as may be determined by the Federal Government.
SECTION 32 BORROWING POWERS
(1) The Authority may, with the previous approval in writing of the Federal
Government, raise funds for the purpose of raising its working capital by
issuing bonds and debentures carrying interest at such rates as may be approved
by the Government.
(2) The repayment of the principal and the payment of interest due on the
bonds and debentures issued by the Authority shall be guaranteed by the Federal
SECTION 33 UTILIZATION OF BUILDING MATERIAL
Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in
force or in any contract or agreement no person shall , without the prior
concurrence of Authority, allocate, exploit or in any manner utilize, except
for the purpose of his own personal use, such natural resources used as building
material as the Authority may, by notification in the official Gazette, specify
in this behalf.
ACQUISITION OF LAND
SECTION 34 LIABILITY TO ACQUISITION
All land in private ownership within the Port area Shall be liable to acquisition
at any time in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.
SECTION 35 ENTRY UPON LAND, PRELIMINARY SURVEYS, ETC.,
(1) It shall be lawful for the Authority, and any member thereof ,and for
the Deputy Commissioner, and any such person as may, either generally or specially,
be authorised by the Authority in this behalf,_
(a) to enter upon and survey and take levels of any land
(b) to dig or bore into the sub-soil ;
(c) to do all other acts necessary to ascertain whether land is adapted for
the purposes of this Act ;
(d) to set out the boundaries of the land proposed to be acquired and the
intended line of the work, if any, proposed to be made thereon;
(e) to mark such levels, boundaries and line by placing marks and cutting
(f) where it is necessary for the purposes of the survey, taking of levels
or marking of line, to cut down and clear away any part of any standing crop,
fence or jungle.
(2) No person shall enter into any building or upon any enclosed court or
garden attached to a dwelling – house (unless with the consent of the occupier
thereof) without previously giving such occupier at least twenty-four hours,
notice in writing intention to do so.
SECTION 36 COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGE
Where any damage is caused to any land in consequence of anything done in
pursuance of section 35, there shall be paid compensation, the amount of which
shall be determined in the manner and in accordance with the provisions hereinafter
set out , that is to say, ___
(a) where the amount of compensation can be fixed by agreement, it shall be
fixed in accordance with such agreement ; and
(b) where no such agreement can be reached it shall be fixed by the Deputy
SECTION 37 POWER TO ACQUIRE LAND
(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Act, the rules made hereunder
and the directions of the Authority, the Deputy Commissioner may , by order
in writing, acquire any land for the purpose of this Act.
(2) No order under sub-section (1) shall be issued except on the receipt by
the Deputy Commissioner of specific directions from the Authority.
SECTION 38 LAND TO BE MARKED OUT, MEASURED AND PLANNED
Where any land is proposed to be acquired under section 37, the Deputy Commissioner
shall cause the land (unless it has already been marked out) to be marked
out and measured, and if no plan has been made thereof, a plan to be made
Of the same.
SECTION 39 NOTICES TO PERSON INTERESTED
(1) The Deputy Commissioner shall then cause public notice to be given at
convenient places on or near the land to be taken, stating that the Authority
intends to take of the land, and that claims to compensation for all interests
for such land may be made to him.
(2) Such notice shall state the particulars of the land so needed and shall
require all persons interested in the land to personally or by agent before
the Deputy. Commissioner at a time and place therein mentioned, such time
not being earlier than ten days after the date of publication of the notice
and to state the nature of their respective interests in the land and the
amount and particulars of their claims to compensation for such interest and
their objections, if any, to the measurements made under section 35, and the
Deputy Commissioner may require any such statement to be made in writing and
signed by the party of his agent.
SECTION 40 ENQUIRY AND AWARD BY DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
On the day so fixed or on any other day to which enquiry has been adjourned,
the Deputy Commissioner shall proceed to enquire into the objections, if any,
which any person is interested has stated in pursuant to the notice given
under section 39, and into the market value of the land and into the respective
interests of the persons claiming the compensation, and shall make an award
(i) the true area of the land
(ii) the compensation which in his opinion should l@ ed for the land ; and
(iii) the apportionment of such compensation among all the persons known or
believed to be interested in the land of whom, or of whose claims, he has
information, whether or not they have appeared before him.
SECTION 41 COMPENSATION
Where any land is acquired under this Act, there shall be paid compensation
the amount of which shall be determined by the Deputy Commissioner who shall
be guided by the provisions of sections 42 and 43.
SECTION 42 MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED IN DETERMINING COMPENSATION
In determining the, amount of compensation to be awarded for land acquired
under this Act, the Deputy Commissioner shall take into consideration__
(i) the market value of the land
(ii) the damage sustained by the person interested by reason of of dispossession
of any standing crops or trees which may be on the land.
(iii) the damage, if any, sustained by the person interested at the time of
taking possession of the land by reason of severing such land from his other
(iv) the damage, if any, sustained by the person interested at the time of
taking possession of the land by reason of the acquisition injuriously affecting
his other property, movable or-immovable, in any manner, or his earnings -,
(v) if, in consequence of the acquisition of the land the person interested
is compelled to change his residence or place of business, the reasonable
expenses, if any, incidental to such change.
SECTION 43 FACTORS TO BE IGNORED IN DETERMINING COMPENSATION
It determining compensation as aforesaid, the Deputy Commissioner shall not
take into consideration__
(i) the degree of urgency which has led to the acquisition ;
(ii) any disinclination of the person interested to part with the land acquired
(iii) any damage sustained by him which, if caused by a private person, would
not render such person liable to a suit ;
(iv) any increase likely to accrue to the value of the land acquired from
the use to which such land will be put on acquisition ; or
(v) any increase likely to accrue to the value of other land of the person
interested from the use to which the land acquired will be put on acquisition.
SECTION 44 VESTING OF LAND IN THE AUTHORITY
Immediately on the making of’ the award under section of 40, the land shall
vest in the Authority free from all encumbrances and thereupon the Deputy
Commissioner may, after giving reasonable notice to the occupier, enter upon
and take possession of the same.
SECTION 45 ACQUISITION IN CASES OF URGENCY
In cases of urgency, the Deputy Commissioner may immediately after the publication
of the notice mentioned in sub (1) of section 39 enter upon and take possession
of the land which shall thereupon vest absolutely in the Authority free from
al encumbrances :
Provided that the Deputy Commissioner shall not take possession of any building
or part of building under this section without giving to the occupier thereof
at least twenty four hours’ notice of his intention to do so, or such longer
notice as may be reasonably sufficient to enable such occupier to remove his
movable property from such building without unnecessary inconvenience.
SECTION 46 POWER OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER TO CALL FOR INFORMATION
With a view to acquiring any land or determining any compensation thereof
or to carrying out any other purpose of this Act, the Deputy Commissioner
(a) require any person, by order in writing, to furnish such information in
his possession relating to any land as may be specified in the order ; and
(b) enter or authorize any person to enter upon any land and take such action
as may be necessary.
SECTION 47 POWER OF AUTHORITY TO GIVE DIRECTIONS TO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
The Authority may give directions to the Deputy Commissioner in respect of
the exercise of his powers and the discharge of his functions under this Chapter
and the Deputy commissioner shall be guided, and act in accordance with, such
SECTION 48 APPEALS
(1) The Authority or any person aggrieved by an award or final order of the
Deputy Commissioner may , within fifteen days of the award or order appeal
to the Provincial Government.
(2) An officer authorised by the Provincial Government in this behalf may,
after giving the Authority and the person affected by the award or order appealed
against an opportunity of submitting any objection to the appeal and of being
heard pass such orders as he may think fit.
(3) The order passed on any appeal under sub-section 2 shall be final and
shall not be called in question by or before any court or other authority.
SECTION 49 DEPUTY COMMISSIONER AND AUTHORISED OFFICER TO HAVE POWERS OF CIVIL
(1) The Deputy Commissioner making any inquiry or conducting any proceedings
for an award order under this Act , or officer hearing an appeal under section
48 , shall have the same powers in respect of the following matters as are
vested in the civil court, when trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure
Act 1908, namely–
(a) summoning and enforcing attendance of any person examining him on oath
(b) requiring the discovery or production of any document.
(c) requisitioning any record from any court or office.
(d) issuing commissions for examination of witnesses, inspection of property
on r making any local investigation;
(e) appointing guardian ad litem or next friends:
(f) adding or substituting representatives or deceased parties to proceedings;
(g) adding or dropping parties from pending proceedings.
(h) restoration of cases dismissed for default;
(i) consolidation and splitting up cases; and
(j) any other matter connected with the holding inquiry or hearing of any
inquiry or hearing of an appeal.
(2) The Deputy Commissioner or the officer hearing an, appeal under section
48 shall be deemed to be a court for the purposes of sections 480 and 482
of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code , 1898, and a proceeding before him
shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding within the meaning of sections
228 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
SECTION 50 APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS, SERVANTS, ETC.
The Authority may, from time to time, appoint such officers and servants as
it may consider necessary for the performance of its functions, on such terms
and conditions as it may deem fit.
SECTION 51 RECRUITMENT, CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, ETC.
The Authority shall, by regulations may with the prior approval of the Federal
Government, lay down the procedure for the appointment of its officers and
servants, and terms and conditions of their service including the constitution
and management of provident fund for them, and shall be competent to take
disciplinary action against them.
SECTION 52 MEMBERS AND OFFICERS TO BE PUBLIC SERVANTS
The Chairman, members, officers and servants of the Authority shall, when
acting or purporting to act in pursuance of the any of the provisions of this
Act, be deemed to be public servants within the . meaning of section 21 of
the Pakistan Penal Code.
SECTION 53 INDEMNITY
No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Authority,
the Board, the Chairman, any member, officer or servant of the Authority in
respect of anything in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.
SECTION 54 DELEGATION OF POWERS TO CHAIRMAN, ETC.
The Authority may, by general or special order delegate to the Chairman, or
a member or an officer of the Authority, any of its powers, duties or functions
under this Act, subject to such conditions as it may think fit to impose.
SECTION 55 PORT QASIM AUTHORITY FUND
(1) There shall be formed a fund to be known as the the ” Port Qasim
Authority Fund” which shall vest in the Authority and shall be utilized
by the Authority to meet the charges in connection with its functions under
this Act, including the payment of salaries and other remuneration to the
Chairman, members, officers, servants, experts and consultants of the Authority.
(2) To the credit of the Port Qasim Authority Fund shall be placed
(a) grants made by the Federal Government
(b) loans obtained from the Federal Government
(c) grants made by local bodies
(d) sale proceeds of movable and immovable property and receipts for services
(e) loans obtained by the Authority with the special or general sanction of
the Federal Government
(f) foreign aid and loans obtained from any source outside Pakistan with the
sanction of, and on such terms as may be approved by, the Federal Government
(g) proceeds of all charges and recoveries made under the Port Act, 1908,
and the provisions of this Act; and
(h) All other sums receivable by the Authority.
SECTION 56 BUDGET
(1) In the month of November each year, the Authority shall submit to the
Federal Government for approval a statement of the estimated receipts and
expenditure in rupees in respect of the next financial year.
(2) In the manner prescribed by the Federal Government, Authority shall also
submit to the Federal Government for approval a statement of the estimated
receipts and expenditure in foreign exchange in respect of the next financial
(3) The Authority shall obtain specific sanction of the Federal Government
in respect of each individual scheme costing rupees twenty-five lakhs non-recurring
or rupees five lakhs recurring or more to be financed out of the Port Qasim
SECTION 57 AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
(1) The accounts of the Authority shall be maintained by the Authority in
such form as may be prescribed by Auditor-General of Pakistan consistent with
the requirement of this Act.
(2) The accounts of the Authority shall be audited by not less than two auditors
who are chartered accountants within the meaning of the Chartered Accountants
Ordinance, 1961, appointed by the Federal Government in consultation Auditor-General
of Pakistan, on such remuneration, to be paid by the Authority, as the Federal
Government may fix.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-section (2), The Auditor-General
may, either of his own motion or upon a request received in this behalf from
the Federal Government, undertake such audit of the accounts of the Authority
at such time as may be considered necessary, and the Authority shall , at
the time of such audit, produce the account books and connected documents
at such place or places as the Auditor-General may fix, and furnish such explanations
and information as the Auditor General or an officer authorized by him in
this behalf may ask for.
(4) Every auditor appointed under sub-section (2) shall be given a copy of
the annual balance-sheet of the Authority shall examine it together with the
accounts and vouchers relating thereto and shall have a list delivered to
him of all books kept by the Authority; and shall at all reasonable times
have access to the books, accounts and other. documents of the Authority and
may in relation to such accounts examine any officer of the Authority.
(5) The auditors shall report to the Federal Government upon the annual balance-sheet
and accounts and in the report state whether in their opinion the balance-sheet
is a full and fair balance-sheet containing all necessary particulars and
property drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the ‘the Authority’s
affairs, and in case they have called for any explanation or information from
the Board, whether it has been given and whether it is satisfactory.
(6) The Federal Government may at any time issue direction to the auditors
requiring them to report to it upon the adequacy of measures taken by the
Authority for the protection of the interests of the Federal Government and
of the creditors of Authority or upon the sufficiency of -their procedure
in auditing the accounts of the Authority, and may at any time enlarge or
extend the scope of the audit or direct that a different procedure in audit
be adopted or that any other examination be made by auditors if in its opinion
the public interest so requires.
(7) The Authority shall comply with every direction issued the Federal Government
for the rectification of matters objected to in audit.
PENALTY AND PROCEDURE
SECTION 58 PENALTY
Whoever contravenes any provision of this Act or any rule or regulation made
or scheme sanctioned thereunder shall, if no other penalty is provided for
such contravention, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend
to six months, or fine or with both.
SECTION 59 PENALTY FOR EVADING RATES, ETC.
Any person who removes, or attempts to remove, or apt within the meaning of
the Pakistan Penal Code, removal of any goods, vessel, animal or vehicle with
the intention of evading payment of the tolls dues, rates or charges lawfully
payable in respect thereof shall be punishable with fine may extend to two
SECTION 60 COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OF BOARD
(1) In case damage or mischief is done to any wharf, dock, quay, jetty, pier
or work constructed or acquired by the Board under this t by any vessel through
the negligence of the master thereof or of any of the mariners or persons
employed therein not being in the, service of the Board, any Magistrate of
having jurisdiction in the Port area may, on the application or the Board
and on declaration by it that payment for such damage or mischief has been
refused or has not been made on demand issue a summon to the master or owner
of such vessel requiring him to attend on a day and at an hour named in the
summons to answer touching such damage or mischief.
(2) If, at the time appointed in the summons, and whether the person summoned
appears or not, it is proved that the alleged damage was done through such
negligence as aforesaid, and that pecuniary amount of the same does not exceed
two thousand rupees, the magistrate may issue his warrant of distress, under
which a sufficient portion of the boats, masts, spars, ropes, cables, anchors
or stores of the vessel may be seized and sold to cover the expenses and attending
the execution of the distress, and the pecuniary amount of damage as aforesaid,
and such amount shall be paid to the Board out of the proceeds of the distress:
Provided that if, at the time of the damage or mischief, the vessel was under
the orders of a duly authorized officer belonging to the pilot service maintained
by the Board under section 25 or to the Harbour Masters or Port Officers’
department, and if such damage or mischief is in any way attributable to the
order, act or improper omission of such officer, the case shall not be cognizable
by the Magistrate under this section.
SECTION 61 COGNIZANCE OF OFFENCE
No Court shall ‘take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act except
on a complaint in writing made by the Authority or by an officer authorised
for the purpose by the Authority.
SECTION 62 RECOVERY OF DUES AS ARREARS OF LAND REVENUE
All fees and sums due on account of property for the time being vested in
the Board and all arrears of tolls , charges, rates and dues imposed under
this Act may be recovered as arrears of land revenue, in addition to the other
modes provided by this Act.
SECTION 63 SUBMISSION OF YEARLY REPORTS AND RETURNS
(1) The Authority shall submit to the Federal Government ,, as soon as possible
after the end of every financial year but before the last day of December
next following, a report conduct of its affairs for that year.
(2) The Federal Government may, after giving sufficient notice to the Authority
, require it to furnish to the Government with–
(i) any return, statement, estimates, statistics, or information regarding
any matter under the control of the Authority ; or
(ii) a report on any subject with which the Authority t is concerned; or
(iii) a copy of any document in the charge of the Authority ; and the Authority
shall comply with every such requisition.
SECTION 64 MEMBERS NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE
No member shall be liable for any contract made or expense incurred by or
on behalf of the Board; but the funds from time to time in the hands of the
Board shall be liable for and chargeable with all contracts made in the manner
provided in this Act.
SECTION 65 LIMITATION OF SUITS, ETC.
(1) No suit shall be commenced against any person for anything done or purporting
to have been done in pursuance of this Act, without giving to such person
one month’s previous notice in writing of the intended suit and of the cause
thereof, nor six months from the accrual of the cause of such suit.
(2) In the case of a suit for damages, if tender of sufficient amend shall
have been made before the suit was brought , the plaintiff shall not recover
more than the amount so tendered and shall pay all costs incurred by the defendant
after such tender.
SECTION 66 BOARD NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CERTAIN ACTS OF ITS OFFICES AND SERVANTS
The Board shall not be responsible for any misfeasance , malfeasance or non-feasance
of any officer or servant appointed under this Act or of any Conservator,
any Port Officer or Harbour Master, or of any assistant or deputy of any such
officer or of any person acting under the authority or direction of or in
subordination to any such officer, assistant or deputy, not for any damage
sustained by any vessel in consequence of any defect in any of the moorings,
hawsers or other things belonging to Board which may be used by such vessel
Provided that nothing in this section shall protect the Board from a suit
in respect of damages to or loss of, goods landed or shipped by them or retained
in their custody.
SECTION 67 POWER TO DISPOSE OF LAND
The Authority may retain, or may lease, sell, exchange, rent or otherwise
dispose of any land vested in it.
SECTION 68 POWER OF GOVERNMENT TO MAKE RULES
The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make
rules to carry out the purpose of this Act.
SECTION 69 POWER OF AUTHORITY TO MAKE REGULATIONS
(1) The Authority may, with the prior sanction of the Federal Government,
make, regulations for carrying the purposes of this Act.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing
power, such regulations may provide for__
(a) regulating, declaring and defining the wharves, quays, stages, jetties
and piers, on and from which goods shall be landed from and shipped in vessels
within the Port area ;
(b) the safe and convenient use of such wharves, quays, stages, jetties, piers
and of landing places, tramways warehouses, sheds and other works in and adjoining
the same ;
(c) regulating the reception and removal of goods within and from the premises
of the Board, and for declaring the procedure to be followed in taking charge
of goods which may have been damaged before landing or may be alleged to be
(d) settling the mode of payment of tolls, charges, dues and rates levied
under this Act ;
(e) providing water for ships and for licensing and regulating water-boats
within the Port area;
(f) the removal of wrecks from the port and keeping clean the Port area, the
foreshore and the works of the Board and for preventing filth or rubbish being
thrown therein or thereon; and
(g) the guidance of persons employed by the Authority under this Act, and
generally for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 70 CONTROL OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER ACTS AN PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD
All acts and proceedings of the Board shall be subject to the control of the
Federal Government and the Federal Government may suspend or modify any such
acts or proceedings.
SECTION 71 TRANSFER OF PHITTI CREEK PROJECT CELL TO THE AUTHORITY
(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any contract or agreement
or in the conditions of service, the Federal Government may, subject to the
provisions of sub-section (2) transfer persons in the service of Pakistan
serving in the Phitti Creek Project Cell, hereinafter referred to as the Cell,
under the department of the Government headed by the Director- General ],
Ports and Shipping, immediately before the commencement of this Act to the
Authority on the same terms and conditions to which they were entitled immediately
before such commencement.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) , only such persons
serving in the Cell shall be transferred to the Authority as opt for service
in the Authority.
(3) No person in the service of Pakistan who is transferred to the Authority
under subsection (1), shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any law
for the time being in force, be entitled to any compensation because of such
SECTION 72 DISSOLUTION OF AUTHORITY AND TRANSFER OF ITS ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(1) The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare
that the Authority shall be dissolved on such date as may be specified in
such notification, and the Authority shall stand dissolved accordingly.
(2) On and from the date
(a) (i) all properties, funds and dues placed at the disposal of the Authority
by the Federal Government and
(ii) all properties, funds and dues exchanged for derived from, or otherwise
attributable to the properties, funds and dues referred to in clause (i),
which immediately before the said date; were held by or were realisable by
the Authority shall vest, in, and be realisable by, the Federal Government
(b) all properties funds and dues, other than those to in sub-clause (a),
which, immediately before the said date, were vested in or were realisable
by the Authority shall vest in and be realisable by the Federal Government
or such agency as the Federal meat may determine, and its decision there on
shall be final ;
(c) all liabilities which, immediately before the said date were enforceable
against the Authority shall be assume by and be enforceable against the Federal
Government or such agency as the Federal Government determines under clause
(b), as the case may be ;
(d) for the purpose of completing the execution of any scheme which has not
been fully executed by the Authority and of realising properties, funds and.
dues referred to in clauses (a) and (b), the functions of the Authority under
this Act shall be discharged Federal Government or by the agency determined
. by the Federal Government under clause (b) as the case may be ;
(e) the agency referred to in clauses (b), (c) a d (d) shall keep such accounts
of all moneys respectively received and expended by it under this Act as the
Government may prescribe.