Prime Minister dedicates GSL modernisation Phase 3A to the nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Phase 3A of Goa Shipyard Limited’s (GSL) ambitious infrastructural modernisation project to the nation and inaugurated the production of CGOPV Project, at Taleigao on November 13, 2016, in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Governor of Goa Dr Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar and others.
The Prime Minister stated that “MCMV Project, for which this world-class infrastructure has been created, will not only strengthen the nation’s maritime security but also create employment opportunities and speed up development of the region. This project is an important step towards self-reliance in defence sector, where till now we have been predominantly dependent on the foreign countries. Today at Goa, an important step in the direction of ‘Make in India’ is being taken to boost the maritime security.”
Defence Minister Parrikar in his address congratulated GSL for timely completing this Phase 3A facility for MCMV Project and said that MCMV Project is a good example of government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, where all the 12 vessels are being made locally in Goa, as against earlier decision to make first two ships abroad. This ambitious project will boost the Goan economy and will generate lot of employment opportunities through skill development. The Defence Minister also congratulated GSL for start of construction of Coast Guard OPV projects at a cost of ` 1,867 crore.
GSL has upgraded infrastructure at a cost of ` 700 crore, in order to meet the critical operational requirements of the Indian Navy in MCMV field. This include Phase 3A work constructed at a cost of ` 400 crore, further ` 600 crore infrastructure is being executed and will be completed in next three years.
The infrastructure will enable construction of GRP hull MCMVs first time in Goa. This will be unique facility available only in Goa and will put India in elite company of only five-six countries, which boast of this facility in the world. It is pertinent to mention that on the clarion call of Prime Minister in September 2014, GSL has proposed in October 2014 making MCMV in India, under ‘Make in India’ programme against earlier decision of government to make two ships abroad.