INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier that served the Indian Navy for 30 years before being decommissioned three years ago, is likely to be towed from Mumbai to Alang in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district next month to be dismantled and sold as scrap, an official said on Tuesday. The longest serving warship, inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987, was bought by Shree Ram Group for Rs 38.54 crore at an auction conducted by the Metal Scrap Trade Corporation Limited last month. It will likely be towed from the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai to ship breaking yard at Alang next month, the company’s chairman Mukesh Patel said. “We have made the entire payment and received delivery order from the government. So, depending on the monsoon condition, it will be towed to Alang from the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai where it is stationed now, most likely by mid or end of September after receiving the required permission from the Directorate General of Shipping,” Patel said. It will take around three days for the ship to be towed from Mumbai to Alang. It will be scrapped at the country’s first certified eco-friendly ship recycling yard in nine to 12 months, he said. INS Viraat,… Read full this story
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