Amidst the live bands, classical dance, devotional songs and patriotic fervour, the annual Navy Mela was launched at Satavahana Grounds on Thursday.
Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra inaugurated the Navy Mela, visited the stalls and appreciated craftsmen of the model ships and Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) for their handmade exhibits.
The Mela has 30 stalls exhibiting Navy based products and designs. The fair unfurls Naval Dockyard’s history such as yard services division, plant and submarine maintenance department, model of submarines, Indian Navy rescue operations at high seas, model of landing ship crafts to load and unload the tanks and other models of carrier ships. The venue also has an inspirational stall where photographs of commissioning of submarines in the year 1970 to 1980 are on display. An old depth indicator of INS Chakra, INS Dega, submarine suit to rescue a person during contingencies, nuclear submarine model, aerial drop torpedo to blast the submarine, different models of missiles, machine gun that fires 1,000 times per minute appear to be a few among many special attractions.
From Management Information Systems that offer software solutions to diploma courses, counters that display water purifiers to jute bags that range from Rs.50 to Rs.170, from Lucknowi nighties to quilts, from CD shops to fashion accessories, Bengali food stall to Domino’s Pizza, the Mela has around 100 commercial stalls showcasing their products. Amusement rides like giant-wheel, solambo, tower and dragon-wheel appear to entertain the children.
As part of the Navy week, two warships of Eastern Fleet will be open to public on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entry to the ships is from the Pallava gate located near the pipeline junction near INS Satavahana. Speaking to the media, Commander T. Lakshmi Prasad Babu said, “The objective of Navy Mela is to create awareness on naval people and their lifestyle to the civilians. The platform also helps youngsters to interact with servicemen and get inspired to join Navy.”
In line with the fair, a blood donation camp, a day at sea for media, children and senior citizens and a medical camp will be organised during the month. Navy Mela is open till Sunday between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. and on Monday it is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.