Anjali Lukose on INS Vikrant’s 69-yr journey, and its next 6 months to scrap.
The Majestic-class aircraft carrier played a key role in enforcing the naval blockade of East Pakistan during 1971 war.
The entire process of scrapping should take between 8 and 10 months.
Vice-Admiral (retd) I C Rao and Captain Lawrence Nathaniel reiterated that the vessel could still be made commercially viable.
The vessel saw action in the 1971 India-Pakistan war and got a stay on the scrapping of the ship until July 17.
Three large motorised pulley machines are on the shore and thick ropes have been suspended from them to the vessel.
Visitors began flocking to Darukhana from far corners of the city ever since the warship entered civilian waters on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the exercise of moving the vessel by four nautical miles cost IB Commercial a cost of Rs 1.2 crore.
Sources in the defence also said that artefacts of the ship have been removed.
A bench of Justices B S Chauhan and A K Sikri refused to modify the court order on May 5, whereby the government was ordered to maintain a status quo on its decision.
Maharashtra government had expressed its inability to maintain Vikrant, the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier which was commissioned in 1961.
Bombay High Court Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking conversion of the ship into a maritime museum.
Says govt’s attitude affected plan to convert decommissioned ship into museum
To be based at Karwar, the aircraft carrier will be integrated with Western fleet over next few months.
Indias first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant be converted into a national museum instead of being sold as scrap metal.