No bids to give INS Viraat a new avatar

The State’s attempts to develop decommissioned Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat into an integrated tourism and hospitality destination has no bidders.

In May, the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) floated Expressions of Interest (EOI) for converting the ship into an integrated tourism facility and for operating it on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis.

The project, to give a new avatar to the ship which was decommissioned in 2017 and is currently docked in Mumbai’s Naval dockyard, is estimated to cost over Rs 850 crore. The tender was later extended to July 1 from June 15. Read More

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