CHENNAI: After the failure of the initial efforts to transfer Vagli, the decommissioned submarine of Indian Navy, to the 30 acre-land, abutting the beach near the UNESCO declared World Heritage site in Mahabalipuram, experts are studying the possibility to break the 1,400-tonne submarine and then assemble it onshore as a museum.
Official sources told CE that the State Government was studying the proposal.
“A decision regarding this is likely to be taken by March this year,” said the source.
It has been learnt that Tamil Nadu Tourism Development (TTDC) is seeking the expertise of Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited in Tiruchy, to restore the submarine onshore.
The latest proposal is totally different from the earlier proposal mooted by the consultant Tradex Shipping Corporation, after rough sea botched the initial plan. Attempts were made to shift the submarine onshore, using steel plates in the sea bed cushioned by airbags last year.
Tradex had mooted an alternative proposal to dredge the sea, to create an artificial canal, from which the submarine will be shifted onshore, using the latest technology and mounted on a platform. This was being studied by the technical committee appointed by the government.
It seems the proposal has not gone too well with the officials, who are now looking at an alternative proposal to break the submarine and transfer it onshore. Sources also said that the TTDC was not likely to renew the contract with Tradex Shipping Corporation.
“The consultant’s plan to shift the submarine onshore could not materialise, as such we are also looking at other alternatives,” the source added.
Aug 10, 1974: Commissioned at Riga in Latvia
December 2010: Decommissioned in Visakhapatnam
March 25, 2013: Arrival at Chennai Port
April 10, 2013: Handed over to Tamil Nadu Government
Jan 27, 2014: Two conservancy workers die while cleaning submarine
April 7, 2014: Vagli departs for Mamallapuram
April 27, 2014: Submarine sent back after attempt to pull it onshore fails
July, 2014: New proposal being studied to dredge the sea and create an
artificial canal from which the submarine will be shifted onshore