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Maritime museum INS Vikrant may land in scrapyard

May 13, 2003 17:26 IST

The Indian Navy's pride and country's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, now transformed into a maritime museum, mayAboard the Vikrant end up in the scrapyard if the Navy fails to garner five crore rupees immediately to keep the decommissioned ship afloat.

The hull of the ship is deteriorating and needs immediate attention, Vice Admiral Arun Prakash, Flag officer Commanding-in-chief, Western Naval Command, told reporters in Mumbai on Tuesday. "If the ship fails to undergo repair and maintenance work in the coming six months, the Navy will be forced to sell it as scrap."

INS Vikrant, which was commissioned in the Indian Navy on February 16, 1961 and played a stellar role during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, was decommissioned in 1997 after serving the Navy for nearly 40 years.

Vice Admiral PrakashHowever, while the ship was awaiting final disposal, the Maharashtra government on public demand offered to convert it into a maritime museum and sanctioned five crore rupees for that purpose.

The ship's hull on which minimal work was carried out in 2000, now needs attention again. Vikrant was brought inside the naval dockyard on February 11, 2003 and is now awaiting funds for maintenance work.

"I met Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde recently who showed a positive response," Vice Admiral Prakash said.

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Sub: i want to visit INS Vikrant with my family

i want to so my child ourindian navy figher aircraft

Posted by ramesh

Sub: INS vikrant should be IMS at any circumstances

Hello sir INS vikrant which is the only air craft carriage ship opened to public shouls remain as it is.We are happy with the step ...

Posted by premjit elangbam

Sub: Our Pride : ''VIKRANT''

if we make an appeal to indian public" pl. pay Rs. 1 per member of family" to just save our pride and national assets. I ...

Posted by aryavk

Sub: Save the Vikrant ...

Why not form the maritime museum as a public limited company, and raise the required funds through 10 year bonds? I'm sure there are more ...

Posted by Devdutt Parab

Sub: Public and Government should contribute

Except for the Forts and Tajmahal, we do not have much appreciation for our history. It is the duty of Public and government to preserve ...

Posted by Gopala Raja


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