INS Viraat to be developed as tourism centre:Chandrababu Naidu

INS Viraat to be developed as tourism centre:Chandrababu Naidu
070907-N-8591H-194 BAY OF BENGAL (Sept. 7, 2007) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron 102, left, and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 27, foreground, fly in formation with two Indian Navy Sea Harriers, bottom, and two Indian Air Force Jaguars, right, over USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during exercise Malabar 07-2. More than 20,000 personnel from the navies of the United States, Australia, India, Japan and Singapore are participating in the exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jarod Hodge (RELEASED)

Hyderabad: Aircraft carrier INS Viraat will be developed as a tourism centre after its decommissioning following decades of service in the Navy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Monday.

“The Indian Navy is going to decommission INS Viraat very soon and there is a proposal by the Defence Ministry to develop it as a tourist centre,” he said.

Naidu said a joint venture will be set up by Andhra government, Indian Navy and a private organisation to take up the tourism-related activities on the warship, which has been in service for almost six decades.

These activities would include yachting, sea sports, sailing, gliding and cruising, he said, adding the aircraft carrier’s 1,500 rooms can be used to house tourists. He was briefing the media on successful conduct of the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 in Visakhapatnam.

Naidu said Visakhapatnam is one of the best places to host maritime activities and the Navy has agreed to support his Government’s proposals in this regard. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced Visakhapatnam as ‘the capital of Indian Navy’.

Naidu said the successful conduct of IFR has enhanced the importance of the port city, where warships and Naval personnel from 50 countries took part in the mega event. The Chief Minister thanked Defence and civil officials for ensuring an incident-free event.