India’s historic warship after beaching at Alang ship recycling yard also finding space in news. Mumbai based Envitech Marine Consultants Pvt. Ltd., intends to convert Viraat in the museum, and trying to urge necessary permission from the union government. They need to be filed a petition in Mumbai high court.
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A division bench comprising Justice Nitin Jamdar and Milind Jadhav while clearing petition, pursue direction from the union ministry of deference to allow war ship buying.
Mukesh Patel, chairman of Shri Ram Group, end buyer of Viraat said that “we still stick on our words, obtain necessary NOCs from concerned government departments and deposit 1000 million rupees in our bank account and take back Viraat where ever they need to take with their own risk and cost.”
Patel added that “during next high water we’ll clinch Viraat into our plot which remains far 1200 feet (0.37 km) from our plot at Alang”.
Vishnu Kant Sharma, managing director of Envitech Marine Consultants Pvt Ltd, and petitioner said that “we have an option of revision and appeal, we are discussing with our legal team.”
The Mumbai supreme court on Tuesday directed the Union government to require a decision on Envitech Marine’s request that Viraat be handed over to them, in order that the ship might be converted into a museum in Goa. The Union government said that “they haven’t any objection if the petitioner bought it from the top buyer of Viraat who purchased it for demolition”.
Mumbai based Envitech Marine desires to convert the warship into a maritime museum and multi-functional adventure centre, the plea said. The HC said that the relief sought by the petitioner was a matter of policy. “Even if INS Viraat is to be converted into a museum. Necessary permissions are required to be obtained. it might thus be appropriate that the Ministry of Defense takes an appropriate decision,” it said.
Additional lawman (ASG) Anil Singh said the ship is 67 years old and was lying unused at Naval dockyard in Mumbai, since, 2015. “The Union government had initially written to all or any state governments calling for proposals, but there was no reply.
The ship was occupying tons of space, and hence the government decided to sell it as scrap,” Singh said. Bhavnagar (Alang) based Shree Ram Group won the bid, he said, adding that the sale process was completed in September and therefore, the government has received the money, and warship already beached at Alang ship breaking yard on 28th September.
“Hence the government is not any more concerned with the ship as its owner is now the Shri Ram Group,” ASG Singh said. But the petitioner company can approach Shree Ram Group and buy the ship from it, the ASG said, adding that “we (government) don‘t have any objection.”
The HC said that the concerned secretary of the Union government should choose the petitioner’s application. “It would be desirable that the choice is taken early as if the ship is dismantled, an irretrievable situation may happen,” the court said, removing the petition.