The Andhra government on Friday issued tender notices inviting bids to appoint consultants for preparing a techno-economic feasibility report and detailed cost estimates to refurbish and convert INS Viraat into a tourism hotspot.
Viraat is currently docked in Mumbai but plans are being made to make it accessible to people. A living place of history where people can touch and feel what our officers have been through, what it’s like to be on the front in times of war and how we preserve the pride of its time.
Leaving behind a trail of success. Wikimedia Commons
A platform where 12 aircraft can land simultaneously. Wikimedia Commons
During her heyday, she was equipped with Close-in Weapons System for self-defense and a Computer-Aided Action Information Systems which gave the command a full picture of the tactical scenario based on information fed to the computer from all on-board sensors.
Sailing in all its glory. Wikimedia Commons
The Andhra Pradesh government will convert Viraat into a 500-room hotel or resort. Viraat would be likely located in Visakhapatnam, an official in the chief minister’s office said. Naidu expects Viraat to draw more tourists to the state that also has the country’s only submarine museum.
Bidding farewell at Kochi port in 2015. Wikimedia Commons
The defense ministry has approached different state governments with coastlines to take responsibility of the aging carrier. In October 2016, then Defense minister, Manohar Parrikar, proposed to hand over Viraat for Re. 1 if the state government was willing to take responsibility of its upkeep, DNA reported.
Guarding each other in its own way. Wikimedia Commons
Also, this is not the first time when a symbol of the nation is proposed to be a tourist attraction or used for public welfare.
Motorcycle maker Bajaj Auto Ltd. recently introduced a bike named ‘V’ that contains metal sourced from Vikrant. Bajaj bought the scrap metal of Vikrant to make the 150-cc motorcycle.
A never ending tale of Viraat. Wikimedia Commons