Karwar naval base will berth at least 30 warships

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    SIRSI/ KARWAR: Defence minister A K Antony on Saturday said the Phase-II of Sea Bird naval project, to be completed by 2017-18, will have ultra-modern facilities for berthing at least 30 warships in Karwar.
    The Centre also has a plan to take up another expansion to ensure that Karwar naval base can handle 50 major warships, he said, after inaugurating an integrated defence-civilian township at Amadelli in Karwar. The township, which can accommodate 336 married personnel, has amenities like shopping centre, community hall, dispensary, bank, post-office, and sports facilities.
    "Karwar will not only decongest the overcrowded Mumbai harbour, but also provide India with much-needed strategic depth and operational flexibility on the western seaboard," Antony said.


    The Centre has already paid Rs 127-crore compensation to those displaced by the project, Antony said, adding the government awaits the Supreme Court verdict on a petition filed by naval authorities challenging Karnataka High Court order directing it to pay Rs 1,500 as compensation per gunta of land acquired for the project.
    The second phase of the project would commence once the apex court gives its verdict, the defence minister said.
    On Netrani Island being used by the naval base though it was declared as biodiversity heritage site, Antony said the base will ensure that environmental concerns are addressed.
    Responding to a plea by district minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri that local youth be provided employment opportunities, Antony said over 1,500 ITI candidates have been recruited for providing technical training to the locals who had been affected by Sea Bird naval project.
    Kageri said Phase-II of the project will put pressure on Karwar and Ankola with regard to infrastructure. "To address this, the Centre must sanction a special package," he said.
    Speaking on the occasion, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral N K Verma, said the project will boost the economy of the region. "More jetties, dockyard complex, air station and logistic facilities will come up in Phase-II which will benefit the people of Uttara Kannada district," he said.


    Karwar naval base will berth at least 30 warships - Times Of India
     
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    Had the money supply not stopped before then we could have seen karwar full active by now. Better late than never.
     

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