Kick starting the Atma Nirbhar Week activities in Defence PSUs, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated new state of the art Steel Preparation Shop facility at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) through a digital inauguration ceremony held on 10th August 2020, in the presence Honble Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Yesso Naik at GSL.
The digital inauguration was done through Direct Video link with Raksha Mantralaya in New Delhi due to prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining strict protocol of social distancing.
Hon’ble Raksha Mantri emphasizing the necessity of Atma Nirbharta (Self-relaince) in Defence, stated ‘These activities of creating and expanding indigenous capability in Defence will be significant in boosting the self-confidence of Armed Forces in defence preparedness”.
Cmde B B Nagpal, NM, CMD GSL said, “Inauguration of this facility today will enhance the Yard’s Shipbuilding capacity thus contributing to the Atma Nirbhar vision of our country. The state of art Steel Preparation Shop (SPS) has been completed under Phase 3B of Modernisation Program at an approximate cost of 27 Cr with installation of required machineries. The facility is ready for utilization for Plate and Stiffener cutting / forming operations required for indigenous construction Frigate Project and upcoming projects.”
Multiple activities have been planned by GSL as part of ‘Atma Nirbhar Week’ being celebrated from 07-14 Aug 2020, which include launching of 4th CGOPV on 13th Aug and signing of MoU with IITGoa in the field of AI and other futuristic technology in Shipbuilding on 14th Aug 2020. GSL will also announce successful indigenization of Gear Boxes for CGOPVs, a critical propulsion machinery, which has been developed by GSL indigenously. This indigenization success has not only saved precious foreign exchange but is also considered as a significant step in Self-reliance.