INS Viraat as Tourist Getaway at Visakhaptnam
Taking a cue from the way INS Kurusura has been successfully turned into a museum; the Indian government has decided to turn INS Viraat into a museum at Vizag.
The ship would be decommissioned at Cochin and would be brought to Visakhapatnam for which about Rs 217 crore is the expected expenditure and the ship is expected to reach Visakhapatnam in 2017.
Over 28,000 sq.ft plinth of the INS Viraat would be developed with a multi-purpose entertainment for tourists. A five-star hotel, museum, helipad and other attractions for commercial and tourism purposes would be added. The mega project would be completed in PPP mode.
Chief secretary SP Tucker directed Visakhapatnam collector N Yuvaraj to prepare a report to set up the INS Viraat, one of the warships of the Indian Navy, as a tourist destination on the beachfront. The state government accepted Defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s offer to develop the INS Viraat as a museum after the ship is decommissioned. The ship is expected to be decommissioned shortly.
Andhra Pradesh govt is waiting eagerly to set-up the museum.This is a welcoming move as INS Vikrant the first Aircraft carrier was broken up by making it a museum was considered nonviable. The state already has one submarine museum, the INS Kursura , and the addition of INS Viraat to the state is only expected to bring in more revenue and visitors to the state.