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