Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has bagged the Rs 65-crore contract to build 12 anti-ramming patrol boats that would be deployed at Pangong Lake in Ladakh to thwart Chinese aggression.
The PSU is expected to roll out the patrol boats by May 2021, by when snow would have melted at the lake and a face-off between India and China troops could resume. The Defence sector Public Sector Undertaking will also carry out maintenance of these boats for four years.
Goa Shipyard Limited is led by its Chairman, Commodore Bharat Bhushan Nagpal (retd), and has an employee strength of 1,472, including 240 officers, 177 supervisors, and 919 workers.
There has been no breakthrough in the stand-off in Ladakh despite eight rounds of talks between the military commanders of the two armies.
“The Indian Army has inked a contract with Goa Shipyard Limited for 12 fast patrol boats for surveillance and patrol of large water bodies, including those in high altitude areas. Their delivery will commence from May 2021,” the Indian Army said in a tweet.
#AtmaNirbharBharat#IndianArmy has inked a contract with M/s Goa Shipyard Limited for 12 Fast Patrol Boats for sur… https://t.co/Ib3nKi6HSK
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) 1609503970000
These indigenous boats will accommodate additional troops for patrols at the lake, where China has lately laid claims to Indian territory, leading to a tense situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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