The state government of Andhra Pradesh is taking a lot of measures to push the tourism in the state. Visakhapatnam being the most visited place by tourists, more importance is being given to the port city of Vizag than any other city in the state. Now, the state government has planned to bring the world’s fastest turbo craft Tupolev-142 and station it as a museum o the lines on the INS Kursura Museum on the Beach Road. This aircraft is currently serving the nation and will be decommissioned in the coming month. The department of tourism is taking measures to bring the maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to Visakhapatnam. A team of tourism officials went to Chennai on Monday to study the aircraft and will be submitting a report to the state government in the next 15 days. Once the report is submitted, the tourism department will approach the Union ministry of defence to turn the aircraft into a tourist spot after decommissioning.
Tourism secretary N Srikanth said chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu said, “We will first examine the report and then take action. We will estimate the project cost and write a letter to the Union ministry of defence. The aircraft is under service now and is likely to be decommissioned within a month”.
Srikanth further added that the project may not involve huge investment as it will be turned into a museum just like the INS Kursura Submarine museum on the Beach Road. He informed that the warfare aircraft was made by the Soviet Union and first introduced into the Indian Navy in December 1972. It was demonstrated at several national and international air shows.