For an aged air craft carrier, that worked hard for twenty years and then retired due to inefficiency, an honor from the nation is a matter of pride. The Greater Mumbai municipal corporation is all set to make a memorial for INS Vikrant, near the Navy Headquarters, Loingate, at South Mumbai.
It was in April this year, that a proposal regarding the project was submitted to the standing committee chairman of BMC, Yashodhar Phanse. After a discussion involving all group leaders on Monday, a decision has been made by all political parties and civic administrations to give a ‘go ahead’ to the project memorial.
Commodore M. Bhada, ex-pilot, INS Vikrant, who is known to have taken part in the Bangladesh battle, had suggested four locations to the BMC for erecting the memorial. Bhada also approached a sculptor named A. Khambhata, who has agreed to design it into an aesthetic memorial. He has also sought permission to approach corporate houses for permission for funding required to erect this memorial.
The BMC has thus chosen to erect the memorial on a traffic island near Lion Gate. INS Vikrant has put in twenty years of distinguished service and had played a crucial role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
It went effectively out of service in the early 90’s, due to poor condition.