The new proprietor of decommissioned warship INS Viraat has sought Rs 100 crore from a Mumbai-based firm which is making last-minute efforts to save lots of the warship from being dismantled and to transform it right into a museum.
INS Viraat, the plane service which was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987 and decommissioned in 2017, was bought by Shree Ram Group for a sum of Rs 38.54 crore at an public sale in July this 12 months.
The warship, which is the image of India’s wealthy maritime heritage, reached the ship-breaking yard at Alang on Gujarat coast final week.
Since the ship was purchased as scrap in an public sale, aspiring consumers would additionally want to obtain a no-objection certificates (NOC) from the Ministry of Defence to purchase the ship now, Shree Ram Group Chairman Mukesh Patel advised information company Press Trust of Inida on Thursday.
“I bought this warship just out of my love for my country. Now, a Mumbai-based company wants to convert this ship it into a museum. Since they are also doing it out of patriotism, I agreed to sell the ship to them,” he mentioned.
“But, they need to first procure NOC from the defence ministry, without which I can’t re-sell the ship,” he mentioned.
Mr Patel additionally mentioned he first demanded Rs 125 crore after which agreed to promote it for Rs 100 crore contemplating that the corporate’s trigger is noble.
Mr Patel additionally mentioned it’s a restricted interval supply and he would wait solely until subsequent week.
“I am told the interested firm is trying hard to get the NOC. But, I can’t wait forever. I will wait for another week. After that, I will start the dismantling process,” he added.
VK Sharma, the managing director of Envitech Marine Consultants Pvt Ltd, has proven curiosity in shopping for the warship.
He had earlier expressed confidence of getting an NOC from the Centre in order that INS Viraat will be transformed right into a museum.
Mr Sharma had claimed he obtained assist from the Goa authorities on this patriotic endeavour.
“We are trying our best to get the NOC and we are confident of getting it soon. I had personally met Mukeshbhai and we both agreed on a price of the ship,” Mr Sharma mentioned.
Viraat, the world’s longest serving warship that was decommissioned by the Indian Navy three years in the past, arrived at Alang in Gujarat from Mumbai final week for dismantling.
It is the second plane service slated to be damaged down in India. In 2014, INS Vikrant was dismantled in Mumbai.
The 70-year-old plane service, in its earlier avatar, had received the Falklands War in opposition to Argentina in 1982 for the Royal British Navy.
It weighs about 27,800 tonnes and served the British Navy as HMS Hermes from November 1959 to April 1984 and after refurbishment, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1987.
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