After being saved from the junkyard earlier, INS Vikrant, the naval museum ship may well land up there again as officials at the Western naval have stated that the ship is turning into ruins from inside. At a recent joint meeting to discuss Vikrant’s future, the vice-admiral and flag officer commanding-in-chief of Western Naval Command have told the state that the ship had started deteriorating from inside. The Navy has reasons to be disappointed. With no proper ventilation below decks, the exact status of the hull is not being known by the Naval. Though the state in 1999 gave Rs 5 crore to repair Vikrant’s hull, nothing much has been done. The ship had to be dry docked for repairing the hull and if the government did not implement the project on time, the Navy would be forced to scrap the project. The state is still awaiting the design and the estimates for setting up a jetty and platform. The Indian Registrar of Shipping has been asked to prepare a report on the repairs needed in the ship. In a detailed project report of Crisil, a research agency, the project is estimated to cost approximately Rs 300 crore, double than the cost estimated in 1997. The plan allows the private company to use the helipad on Vikrant’s deck to run commercial helicopter services. Sana Warsia NMTV News.
March 19, 2008
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