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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.