Par­rikar inau­gu­rates sub­ma­rine assem­bly work­shop in Maz­gaon

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De­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar, who was at the Maz­gaon Dock Lim­ited ( MDL) on Satur­day to in­au­gu­rate a sub­ma­rine assem­bly work­shop, said the level of in­di­geni­sa­tion in sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion should be much higher than the present.

He said, “The over­all level of in­di­geni­sa­tion in the next line of sub­marines must be sub­stan­tially higher.” At present, MDL is build­ing six Scor­pene class of sub­marines for the In­dian Navy, with around 35% of in­di­geni­sa­tion. The min­is­ter also em­pha­sised that the de­fence Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ings ( PSU) should un­der­take or­ders to ex­port ships by hav­ing a ded­i­cated “ex­port cell”.

The newly built Sub­ma­rine Marine Assem­bly Work­shop is a preengi­neered build­ing struc­ture to han­dle con­struc­tion of mul­ti­ple sub­marines si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Built at a cost of Rs153 crore, it will make it pos­si­ble to assem­ble five sub­marines in the work­shop at the same time.

The work­shop has fea­tures such as rain wa­ter har­vest­ing, sewage treat­ment plan, grey wa­ter treat­ment plant, oily wa­ter sep­a­ra­tor plant for treat­ment of sewage, grey wa­ter and oily wa­ter re­spec­tively, with zero dis­charge into the mu- nic­i­pal drains.

This fa­cil­ity will en­able MDL to go in for a sec­ond line of sub­marines con­cur­rently.

The cur­rent con­struc­tion of Scor­pene class sub­marines is tak­ing place at its East Yard in col­lab­o­ra­tion with DCNS of France. Kal­vari, the first sub­ma­rine of this class, is ex­pected to join the In­dian Navy later in the year.

Talk­ing about MDL’s per­for­mance, Par­rikar said the pro­duc­tion value has im­proved from Rs2,865 crore in the year 2013- 14 to Rs4,009 crore in 2015- 16, which is around a 40% in­crease.

— Aadesh Choud­hari/ dna

De­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a sub­ma­rine assem­bly work­shop in Maz­gaon on Satur­day

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