Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu – The New Indian Express
KOCHI: Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu – who reviewed the progress of work on the native aircraft carrier Vikrant at the Cochin shipyard on Sunday – said the ability to design and build an aircraft carrier is a shining example of the nation’s quest for ‘Atmanirbharta’, or autonomous India.
Naidu also appreciated the efforts of the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard to build native warship building capabilities, and expressed satisfaction at the progress made so far despite challenges related to Covid. He visited the shipyard after returning to Kochi from Lakshadweep.
Previously, the Vice President had received a warm welcome at Kochi Naval Airport. He reached the city on a special Indian Air Force plane. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Kochi Mayor M Anil Kumar and Industry Minister P Rajeeve greeted him at the airport.
Cochin Shipyard President and General Manager Madhu S Nair briefed Naidu in detail on the uniqueness of the EPC project, the advancement of construction and the contribution of indigenous technologies. The President also explained the strengths of the shipyard and its contributions to the development of indigenous technologies and the creation of world-class capabilities.
The Vice President was also informed of the efforts made for the delivery and commissioning of the vessel before August 2022 to commemorate “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. The indigenous content in the construction of the IAC is close to 76 percent of the overall project cost of Rs 19,341 crore.
Naidu also visited the hangar and flight decks of the ship. He was accompanied by Governor Khan, Minister Rajeeve and Rear Admiral Antony George, Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command. The vice president will leave for Delhi on Tuesday morning.
The Vice-President visits the Naval Physics and Oceanography Laboratory
The Vice President visited the Naval Physics and Oceanography Laboratory (NPOL) in Kochi. He was the guest of honor at a reception organized in connection with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. He also laid the foundation stone for the towed network integration facility.