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It is still suspense whether the decommissioned aircraft carrier will receive the blow of the hammer or not

It is about 15 days that a Goa based private firm formally applied for a no objection certificate from the central government to take possession of the decommissioned navy's aircraft carrier INS Viraat in its bid to convert it into a museum. The aircraft carrier has been waiting in the Alang ship breaking yard waiting for the blow from the hammers

Gujarat-based owner of the warship said it was willing to wait for three more days to enable the firm, Envitech Marine Consultants Pvt Ltd, to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Centre for its museum project.

Aircraft carrier purchased for a sum of Rs 38.54 crore at an auction in July this year

The majestic aircraft carrier, which was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987 and decommissioned in 2017, was purchased by  an Alang-based shipbreaker, for a sum of Rs 38.54 crore at an auction in July this year.

Rs 100 crore sought to convert it into a maritime museum

Earlier this month, Chairman of the Group, Mukesh Patel, had sought Rs 100 crore from Mumbai-based Envitech Marine, which is making last ditch efforts to save the warship from being dismantled and to convert it into a maritime museum.

"I am ready to give away the warship for Rs 100 crore as the Mumbai-based firm is doing this out of patriotism. But, only money is not the issue here." "As per rules, the firm cannot buy the ship without an NOC from the Centre.

"I am waiting for the firm to approach me with the NOC since more than two weeks now. But, I have learned that the firm has not received the NOC yet." "But, I will still wait till October 15 when the high tide would come. After that, I will have to start the dismantling process, “he said.

The ship is currently berthed in the sea around 1km away from the Alang shore

High tide helps tow the ship till the dismantling plot on the shore of Alang, a coastal town in Bhavnagar district which houses the world's largest ship-breaking yard. After being brought from Mumbai, the ship is currently berthed in the sea around 1km away from the Alang shore.

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