The whole saga of whether or not the AP government will take ownership of INS Viraat and set it up as a museum in Visakhapatnam has been one for the popcorn lovers. But AP tourism department sources have reportedly stated that the state government is still keen on establishing the museum in the port city. The AP tourism authorities have also invited bids for the same.
The bids invited are for the appointment of project management consultants who will prepare a detailed project report for refurbishment of the aircraft carrier. The requirement of project management consultants was floated last week and the department is interested in finding personnel who will assist in vetting the proposed project report, liaise with the Indian Navy, take charge of the towing preparation and organise the crew for hauling it to the city.
Consultants will also be involved in assisting the AP tourism department in preparing a detailed scope of work regarding the preparation of the project report and also assist the shortlisting process of DPR consultants. They will also be helping with developing a staffing schedule and enrolling sailors for hauling in the ship from Mumbai to Kakinada and anchoring there before coming in to Visakhapatnam