INS Viraat into a tourist attraction

The renovation estimate of the decommissioned aircraft has been changed by the Andhra Pradesh State govt from an initial estimate of 1000 crore to 307 crore.

The state government has pegged in the development of the decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat into a tourist attraction. The development includes basic renovation of the ship and berthing it at the identified location.  

With the recent experience with Maharashtra government over the operation of INS Vikrant as a maritime museum the defence ministry had decided to look into the appeals from various state government more cautiously for making the second aircraft carrier INS Viraat into a tourist attraction.

The defence ministry has now seeking a clear roadmap from the state governments. The decision of AP state whether the development of the aircraft carrier is taken under PPP mode or with govt funds is to be decided by chief minister on December 17. After the final DPR is approved by the CM, it will be sent to the ministry of defence (MoD), which will take a final call on handing over the ship to Andhra Pradesh.

As per the DPR the aircraft carrier will have a maritime museum, a 170-room hotel, a convention centre, and also a corporate training centre with a seating capacity of 200.The state tourism department has identified three locations Bheemili, Rushikonda, and Jodugullapalem, in Vizag to berth the ship.
The MoD had communicated to the state government that it can't be an equity partner in the Viraat project. The Andhra Pradesh government wanted the Centre to be a 50% equity partner in an approximately `1,000 crore project, based on initial estimates. CRISIL had done a preliminary study on the aircraft carrier.

Along with Andhra Pradesh, several coastal states such as Goa and Karnataka are in the race to bag Viraat.

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