De­fence Min­is­ter Par­rikar in­au­gu­rates sub­ma­rine as­sem­bly work­shop at MDL

SP's MAI - - SPOT­LIGHT -

The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in­au­gu­rated the newly con­structed Sub­ma­rine As­sem­bly Work­shop at, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), Mum­bai, on May 28, 2016.

The Sub­ma­rine As­sem­bly Work­shop in ad­di­tion to the var­i­ous in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties cre­ated un­der the Maz­dock Mod­erni­sa­tion Pro­ject (MMP) will gear up MDL in meet­ing the long-term needs of sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion for the Navy. The fa­cil­i­ties cre­ated un­der MMP boost in­fra­struc­ture for re­duc­ing the time re­quired for pro­duc­tion war­ships and sub­marines. As a re­sult of such ca­pa­bil­ity en­hance­ment over the last few years, all In­dian Naval and Coast Guard ships and sub­marines are be­ing pro­duced in the coun­try it­self.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony Par­rikar ex­pressed his de­light at the in­duc­tion of the state-of-the-art work­shop and said that sub­ma­rine build­ing in the coun­try was stopped in the year 1993 and has been re­cently re­vived by the Scor­pene pro­ject. He ex­pressed that the skill in the field of sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion should not be lost due to lack of or­ders. He, how­ever, di­rected that over­all level of in­di­geni­sa­tion in the next line of sub­marines must be sub­stan­tially higher. He ex­pressed a great sense of pride in the per­for­mance of MDL, wherein the pro­duc­tion value has im­proved from 2,865 crore in the year 201314 to 4,009 crore in the year 2015-16 (ap­prox­i­mately 40 per cent). He hoped that the four de­fence PSUs would un­der­take projects for ex­port of ships by set­ting up ex­port cells. He also urged the yard and its of­fi­cials to con­sis­tently em­brace new tech­nol­ogy for im­prov­ing the fu­ture growth of the coun­try.

With the state-of-the-art work­shop built at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately 153 crore, MDL has ac­quired unique ca­pa­bil­ity of sec­ond con­struc­tion/as­sem­bly line for sub­marines.

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