State Affairs

INS Viraat to be refurbished at Kakinada

VIJAYAWADA: The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the INS Viraat project will be ready in a fortnight. It will be submitted to the Union government soon thereafter.

The Andhra Pradesh government intends to convert the Indian Navy’s warhorse aircraft carrier into a museum and a hotel in the sea, depending on the logistics, reports The Hindu.

The ship will be brought to Kakinada for refurbishment as soon as the DPR is approved by the Union government.

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Representatives of Mumbai-based Master and Associates, which is preparing the DPR, are likely to meet Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in next couple of days to discuss “some key aspects” of the report. In fact, the meeting has been put on hold because of Mr. Naidu’s foreign tour.

Based on the suggestions and inputs by the Chief Minister, preparation of the DPR would be finalised, according to sources in the Secretariat.

Initially, the government planned to take it to Visakhapatnam directly from Mumbai, where it is docked right now. But, in view of the demand for and shortage of berths at Visakhapatnam, the government has altered its plans. Kakinada has sufficient number of vacant berths and refurbishment works can be completed without impacting the other berths.

“It would cost between Rs. 15 crore and Rs. 20 crore to bring INS Viraat from Mumbai to Kakinada,” the sources say.

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