Prime Min­is­ter ded­i­cates GSL mod­erni­sa­tion Phase 3A to the na­tion

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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.

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