VISAKHAPATNAM : Andhra Pradesh Government plans to decommissioned aircraft carrier Viraat into a “dedicated tourist attraction”.
According to the sources,Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority (APTA) published a tender notification in a newspaper inviting bids to appoint consultants for preparation of a techno economic feasibility report and detailed cost estimates for refurbishment and conversion of INS Viraat into a dedicated tourist attraction.
According to the announcement, the last date of submission of bid is 26 July, 2017. Viraat is currently docked in the Mumbai harbour after her retirement for service of the Indian Navy. INS Viraat was decommissioned on 6 March, 2017 after nearly four decades of service.
INS Viraat was the centerpiece of Indian Navy’s Carrier Battle Group, which is a mutually-supportive and well balanced offensive array of maritime combatants, capable of multiple and varied missions spanning the entire spectrum of conflict from stable peace to all-out war.
Initially Andhra Pradesh Government and Central Government has several disobeys to convert it into museum.Later both governments had discussions, and agreed to start constructing INS Viraat as Tourist attraction.
Already Vizag has INS Kursura museum at RK beach (which is first submarine museum south Asia).Very soon Aircraft museum will be open to public . If INS viraat museum completes vizag will have primary choice tourist spot in India.
Source : deccanherald