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No bids to give INS Viraat a new avatar

DNMUM439154 | 7/12/2019 | Author : Dhaval Kulkarni | WC :560 | India

Still life | The retired aircraft carrier was to be converted into a floatel

Mumbai: 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.
Sources in the MMB say they have not received any bids and the plan may be called off. Though the MMB official said “another ext
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