Dismantled INS Viraat hints no museum on the iconic warship

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Mumbai : With a massive chunk of INS Viraat dismantled, very little hopes are alive that it may be converted into a museum in future, a proposal sent to SRG by Envitech, who wished to buy the ship for Rs 110 crore to turn it into a museum.

But, it appears that the Shree Ram ship breakers in Alang have rejected the proposal and went ahead with dismantling of the warship.

According to a picture accessed and reported by NDTV, what is left is a gaping hole above the bow of the ship, even though the hull itself appears to be intact. Check out the image below:

The Defence Ministry is yet to provide a NOC to the shipbreakers that has likely proven to be a death-knell for Viraat. Without NOC, SRG is not ready to sell the ship.

Earlier today, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi also wrote to the Defence Ministry, saying the Maharashtra government would be "happy to cooperate in restoring and preserving the historical ship".

Envitech, meanwhile, approached the Supreme Court today after it became apparent the NOC would not be coming from the Defence Ministry, even though the ship had been sold to Shree Ram shipbreakers for Rs 35.8 crore.