Since its decommissioning, several states have expressed interest to convert the ship into a tourism hub or a museum.
"Proposals have been received from several states, including Maharashtra, to convert Viraat into a tourist destination. We will be permitting only dignified activities there," Vice Admiral Luthra told reporters here.
"It is going to be a Public Private Partnership (model) which means the state as well as a private company is going to be involved. Whether it will be a convention centre or a museum or a tourism destination will depend on the PPP," he said.
About the Maharashtra government's proposal for the decommissioned aircraft carrier, Vice Admiral Luthra said, "It is being examined actively at the highest level."
On the maintenance cost of the decommissioned aircraft carrier, he said about 225 people have been deployed to take care of the ship, but the Navy did not "do any costing" of it.
The ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987, and operated Sea Harrier fighter aircraft, Sea King 42B anti-submarine helicopters, Sea King 42C commando carrier helicopters and Chetaks as its main air elements.
The aircraft carrier is reputed for having been out at sea for over six years, covering the globe 27 times.
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