Pro­ject Nirdesh moves ahead


The coun­try’s in­dige­nous ship­build­ing in­fra­struc­ture and know-how will be con­sol­i­dated soon, with the Nirdesh pro­ject mov­ing swiftly ahead. Ten­ders have been floated for the mas­ter­plan and de­tailed pro­ject re­port (DPR) for NIRDESH, short for the pro­posed National In­sti­tute for Re­search in De­fence Ship­build­ing at Chaliyam near Kozhikode.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­fence Min­istry, “The se­lected con­sul­tant will be re­quired to pre­pare a Mas­ter Plan for the en­tire site and DPR for set­ting up the first phase of in­fra­struc­ture. The Mas­ter Plan will be pre­pared in such a man­ner that Nirdesh grows into an en­vi­ron­ment-friendly, green cam­pus, with­out dis­turb­ing the liveli­hood of the nearby vil­lagers. Role spe­cific parks will be set up at Chaliyam, for ef­fi­cient func­tion­ing of Nirdesh. In­fra­struc­ture in th­ese parks are planned to be set up in three phases. The first phase will be com­pleted in about three years, sub­ject to statu­tory clear­ances. Even as the in­fra­struc­ture plans for Nirdesh are pro­gress­ing at a fast clip, the in­sti­tute con­ducted its first course for Ship­yard Engi­neers in March this year at its premises. The Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of Nirdesh has also ap­proved a re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) pro­ject of de­vel­op­ing an un­der­wa­ter ro­bot in col­lab­o­ra­tion with IIT, Mum­bai.”

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