The first museum in the State, the Chapel Warship Museum which has been in poor condition for two years, will now be repaired, said Ganapati Ulvekar, president of Karwar City Municipal Council (CMC).
The ship, which was the main attraction for tourists, faced leakage. Plastic covers were spread over the museum to stop leakage from the ship, he said. The Bal Bhavan that looked after the maintenance of the ship had been facing financial constraints and so the repair was delayed, he said.
Chapel was the third warship museum in India after Mumbai and Visakhapatnam. It was opened in 2006. After decommissioning the ship from the Navy, the warship along with a missile of 25 shells and two anti-aircraft guns was brought to Karwar. It has a 50-inch LCD to show the achievement of the Indian Navy. The capitan's cabin, the open bridge, and the cabin of the first officer leaked during rains.
After opposition, the Deputy Commissioner had decided to hand over the maintenance of the ship to the CMC. Some parts of the roof and the cabin would be replaced and the main parts of the ship would be protected, Mr. Ulvekar said. The warship was handed over to the CMC last June and the garden and buildings in the area would be repaired, he said.
The Kadamba naval base in Karwar would take up the repair work. The roof of the ship would be repaired and the holes would be closed by using glass-reinforced plastic, the sources said.
An officer of the naval base said that the Navy wanted to take up the repair work in May but monsoon created problems.
Now, the repair work would be completed within 15 days, he said.