Sea Harrier to come up close to TU 142

Close to the TU 142 Aircraft Museum on the Beach Road, a decommissioned Sea Harrier jet fighter would be installed in the same premises to become part of the TU complex, said VUDA Vice-Chairman Mr P. Basanth Kumar here. The Sea Harrier, a fighter, reconnaissance and attack craft was operated from the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. They were inducted into the Navy in 1983 and decommissioned after 33 years of service in 2016. The Ministry of Defence offered the craft to the AP Tourism. It would be brought to Visakhapatnam from the Naval Air Station INS Hansa. A VUDA engineering team would go to Goa towards the week-end to see how it could be brought here, said Mr. Basanth Kumar. After dismantling, it could be transported in two trucks. The team with an architect would prepare estimates and work out other details. Whether its equipment could be showcased in the museum would also be known after the visit, he told reporters. The craft would be displayed on pillars and would have no walk-through facility. Dakamarri sites The allotment of housing plots at the Daakamarri joint venture would also be taken up. After the auction of plots, applications were invited for allotment to weaker sections. The allotment had been hanging fire for a long time now with the difference in price proving a hurdle. Though the VUDA at one point of time announced that it would be allotted Rs. 6,000 a square yard, the market rate now had gone up to Rs. 9,000. “Now we intend to take it up again and it will go to the Anomalies Committee as there is a variation in the price,” the Vice-Chairman said.


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