As the Indian Navy grows into a true blue-water navy, a natural consequence is the expansion of its fleet and bases. The Indian Navy is looking for one such expansion down south in Chennai, where it is looking to set up a second base, the New Indian Express reported, citing top Navy sources.
The need for the second base arose due to the INS Adyar fleet expansion, which will see its current fleet doubled in a year or so.
The Navy wants 100 acres of land for its base and was already in talks with the state government. It has also held talks with officials of Kamarajar Port, Ennore, and was looking to acquiring some land for the base.
"We have given them three options and talks are in the initial stage. They were keen on setting up an administrative block with infrastructure facilities," port sources told the newspaper.
The Indian Navy is reportedly seeking about 30 acres of land around the Ennore creek for acquisition.
Once the Navy identifies the land, it will be sent to the Ministry of Shipping for clearance.