Uncertainty over INS Viraat turning into a Museum as owner demands ₹100 crores for the transformation

Mukesh Patel, the chairman and MD of Gujarat based company Shree Ram Group, has offered a deal to buy India Navy Aircraft carrier Viraat.

Mukesh Patel, the chairman and MD of Gujarat-based company Shree Ram Group, has offered a deal to buy Indian Navy Aircraft carrier Viraat. Mukesh said that ”I bought the ship to give it some Atma Shanti (peace to the soul).” But he will transfer the ship only if he does not find himself in any litigation which may ensue from a potential sale.

He said That’s the final offer ”Pay me ₹ 100 crores, and take away the ship.”

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Envitech Marine Consultants Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai-based company, comes with the most concerted effort, which is working in partnership with the government of Goa. The project is to transform the Aircraft carrier into a museum. Pramod Sawant, the Chief Minister of Goa, provides firm support to the project.

The company which provides end-to-end marine solutions has reached out to Mr. Patel and had submitted a detailed project report to the Ministry of Defence two months ago.

”The bureaucracy is the problem at the moment,” says Rupali Sharma, Managing Partner of Envitech. “We hope that this is resolved because time is running out. “The Indian Navy, which operated the warship from 1987 to 2017, is entirely in favor of converting the warship into a museum to preserve its legacy, she added.

This is not the first proposal to have been considered by the government to convert the Viraat into a museum. An earlier proposal to locate the ship off the Maharashtra coast was rejected on technical grounds. Ms. Sharma says the maritime conditions in Goa are more favorable to support the creation of the Viraat maritime museum.