Decommissioned carrier INS Viraat to become a floating museum

• The Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum.

• As per primary estimates, the project worth 852 crore rupees will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP).

• The decision has been taken to elicit interest among the school and college students in the marine sector.

• It will make the new generation familiar with the glorious history of INS Viraat.

Way forward

• The Maharashtra Government to the Union Defence Ministry said, the carrier will be housed on a concrete foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of the state.

• This will enable the tourists to see the diverse aquatic life and experience sky-diving, sailing and other thrilling sporting activities.

• INS Viraat, which holds a place of pride in Indian defence history, was decommissioned in March 2017 and since then has been laid up at the Naval Dockyard.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance

Prelims level: INS Viraat

Mains level: Not Much

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