Even after India’s historic warship INS Viraat beaching, its chapter has taken another turn. An industrial group in Mumbai has filed a petition in the Mumbai high court seeking transfer of Viraat as a museum in Goa. The court has fixed November 3 for the hearing.
The Envitech marine consultant, Mumbai efforts are being made to get the required no-objection certificate and approvals from the union ministry of defence and other ministries for the last one month to transfer the huge ship, which was beached for demolition at Alang ship breaking yard, to the museum.
The HMS Hermes was purchased by the Indian Navy in 1986, 76 years ago, when it became a warship and became an integral part of the British navy in 1960. It retired in 2017, not to be sold for scrap from December 2019.
The decision was made, the first auction was cancelled in the case of Base Prize, re-auctioned by Alang’s ship breaker and on 28th September the ship was anchored off the Alang’s Plot No.9.
All the chronology lies in constant light. Viraat has gone to the beach on September 28 in Plot No. 9 of Alang. According to Shri Ram Group chairman Mukesh Patel, Mumbai-based Envitech Marine Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Managing Director Vishnukant Sharma held a meeting on 10th Sept. at Bhavnagar. And Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Envitech Company have expressed a desire to turn the giant ship into a museum.