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NEW DELHI: Throwing a lifeline to 62-year-old decommissioned plane provider INS Viraat, at the moment being taken aside at an Alang scrapyard, the Supreme Court docket on Wednesday stopped additional dismantling of the warship on the plea of a personal firm which provided Rs 100 crore to purchase again the ship and convert it right into a museum and battle memorial.
A bench of CJI SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to Centre and the scrap supplier, Shree Ram Group, which had bought the retired warship for practically Rs 35 crore in public sale and is dismantling it on the shipbreaking facility in Alang. India had acquired the plane provider in 1986 and inducted it into the Indian Navy after an in depth refit.
Petitioner Envitech Marine Consultants Pvt Ltd had unsuccessfully moved the Bombay HC expressing its intent to protect the warship as a museum and battle memorial. The HC had left it to the Centre to grant no-objection certificates to the Alang-based shipbreaker for promoting it to the corporate. The defence ministry on November 27 had rejected the plea. For the petitioner firm, its MD Rupali Sharma stated 25% of the ship was dismantled when the agency’s representatives inspected it final. The bench requested her how a lot the agency was prepared to pay for the decommissioned plane provider. Sharma stated her agency may pay Shree Ram Group as much as Rs 100 crore. Shree Ram Group MD Mukesh Patel had reportedly stated he needed Rs 125 crore for the ship and had expressed willingness to convey it right down to Rs 100 crore.
Whereas in search of response from the Centre and the shipbreaking firm, the bench stated, “Concern discover. Within the meantime, events are directed to keep up established order with regard to dismantling/breaking of the subject-ship often known as INS Viraat, as on date.”

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