The much-delayed plans for converting the 1971 Indo-Pak war hero INS Vikrant into a national museum may soon get back on track with help from the private sector. With the aid of a private investor, the state is planning to convert the 16,000 tonne warship, decommissioned in 1997, into a museum featuring a convention centre, a restaurant and maybe even a mall. This would mean that you could drive out to Oyster Rock – where the 700-feet-long ship will be grounded, just off the southernmost tip of the city -just to have dinner on board the country’s first aircraft carrier. A detailed project report for the ship would be presented before an apex coordination committee that includes the director general of naval projects, the chief of the Indian Navy’s western regional command and the chief secretary, for approval. Hopefully the development of this project is not like any of the other projects of the Navy and state government otherwise the road for the makeover of the warship will be a long one.
November 16, 2009