Mangaluru, July 22, 2015 : Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim has on July 21, Tuesday hinted at the keenness of the District Administration to open an INS Viraat Aircraft Carrier Museum in the city once the INS Viraat is decommissioned in 2016.
Speaking to reporters here on July 21, Tuesday, the Deputy Commissioner said a letter has been already submitted to Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee requesting him to send a proposal to the Karnataka Naval Area Commanding Flag Officer and the Union Ministry of Defence in this regard.
Being the oldest aircraft carrier in service, Indian Navy’s INS Viraat Aircraft Carrier is a British built ship which is based in the Indian Ocean.
"The coastline and the river bank of the Gurpur and Netravathi rivers encircling Mangaluru city will be an ideal location for the INS Viraat aircraft carrier museum, either on the Bengre sand pit area or on the mainland. Even a floating one can be explored on the Netravati river,”the letter by the DC stated and described Mangaluru as an ideal location on the West Coast for the museum which if established could be maintained by the Department of Archeology, Tourism Department or the MCC.