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INS Viraat: doldrum ends, breaking will start


Since last December INS Viraat continuously making space in news, but now all doldrum comes to an end, as Defence Ministry cleared the road for recycling of historic aircraft carrier.

Mumbai based Envitech Marine Consultant Private Limited earlier-filed petition to convert INS Viraat into the museum. But court while clearing off the plea said that “it’s a matter of end buyer and Envitech Marine, concerned Ministry should look after the issue”.

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Subsequently, Envitech Marine Consultants Private Limited Mumbai has approached the Ministry of Defence. In response to a direction of Bombay High Court to take a stand, Defence Ministry said that “Petitioner’s request of granting NOC to convert the INS Viraat in a museum cannot accede”.

Earlier, Shri Ram group of shipbreaking have purchased INS Viraat from an online auction, and she has beached far outside the plot no.9 at Alang ship breaking yard of Bhavnagar district.

Chairman of Shri Ram Group, Mukesh Patel said that “INS Virat beached at our plot on 28th September, unfortunately, ship was far away, and still she has 900 feet distance from our plot”.

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Mumbai based Marine company shown their interest to convert INS Viraat into a museum, but their efforts went in vain.

A leading shipping web portal, learnt that Mumbai based Envitech Marine Consultants Private Limited, shown their intention to acquire the warship, previously the Indian Navy’s flagship, will disclose their further course of action if any.

According to Vishnu Sharma of Envitech, INS Viraat is proud of Indian warship, it should be converted in the museum, and the public may get awareness from our ancient ship.

Envitech declared their intention to convert Viraat into a maritime museum, they were intended to park off the coast of Goa with the help of Government of Goa.

In their response to a route from the Bombay High Court to make clear their place, the Ministry has said, “The request of the petitioner for grant of NOC (No Objection Certificate) to convert the status of Ex-Viraat cannot be acceded to.”

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The Ministry claims that the Shree Ram Group of Industries, the Alang-based shipbreakers which had purchased the decommissioned warship from the Indian Navy for scrap, is against its sale. “The Counsel appearing on behalf of Shree Ram Group of Industries before the Hon’ble High Court has categorically submitted before the Court that they are not interested in parting with the possession of the ship earmarked for dismantling.”

While talking to in last September, Mukesh Patel, CMD of Gujarat-based Shree Ram Group repeatedly said that he was prepared to promote the warship to the best bidder.

A number of times Patel said that “Pay me Rs 100 crore, and take away the ship”. “I brought down my price from Rs 125 crore to 100 crores because I am a desh-bhakt,” mentioned Mr Patel. “I will transfer it to anyone who comes with a No Objection Certificate from the government and is willing to relocate the ship at their own expense.”


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