Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has claimed that with the change in the Korean technology partner – Kangnam Shipyard – of the Goa Shipyard Ltd, for project related to building of the minesweeper naval vessels, Defence Ministry might look at Italian or Russian companies for transfer of technology.
Parrikar was speaking to media persons after laying the foundation stone for the Mine Control Measure Vessels (MCMV) Command Control and Design Office at Goa Shipyard Ltd premises on Friday evening. He also put a full stop to the speculation about nixing of the MCMV project.
MCMV Command Control and Design Office at GSL will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore. GSL has been entrusted by the Defence Ministry for construction of series of sophisticated and high technology MCMV which will be built first time in the country with the help of foreign collaborator at a total cost of Rs 32,640 crore. The integrated MCMV Command Control and Design building will facilitate efficient and effective execution of technologically complex MCMV project and is expected to be ready by 2018-end followed by furnishing and interior work.
Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, chairman and managing director of GSL Rear Admiral (Retd) Shekhar Mital, Industrial Development Corporation chairman Siddharth Kuncalienkar and Mormugao municipal council chairperson Deepak Naik were also present.
“The contract with the Korean company for transfer of technology to construct 12 vessels was terminated recently as terms and conditions could not be agreed upon for one or two basic points which were not within the parameters of tender,” said Parrikar.
“The reports of cancellation of MCMV project are not correct. Only a part of process, which is tendering of ToT contract with foreign collaborator, has been retracted. This is not going to affect the project execution period at all. The project is very much with GSL and with Goa and this function is just an example of large scale preparatory work being done by GSL,” said Parrikar.
GSL chairman and managing director Mital disclosed that the future of its employees for another ten years has been secured due to the contract of the MCMV project. He said that it will not only provide self-reliance to the defence industry in the next phase of warships technology but also provide boost to the economy of Goa as this will create huge direct and indirect employment.
“All micro level planning for MCMV project has already been finalised. In addition to that 20 per cent of the project cost which is basically the weapon, sensors suit etc for that we have finalised the bids, even tenders for the same is floated but we have not announced because the transfer of technology collaboration is yet to be announced. I am also happy to share that first time in the history of DPSUs, GSL has got 100 per cent marks in MoU rating among 9 DPSUs,”