Project Seabird Phase II in Karwar, Karnataka on 9 June 2014 got environment clearance by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Project Seabird will be one of the largest naval bases of India and will be completed in two phases. It will house various warships including India's largest warship and aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
About Project Seabird
Project Seabird was approved in 1999 to pursue the construction of the new naval base at Karwar. Phase I was completed in 2005 and the base was commissioned on 31 May 2005. Development of Phase II commenced in 2011.
One completed, Project Seabird, Karwar in coastal Karnataka will become the country’s biggest Naval base by 2025.
The base will enhance the Navy’s operational flexibility and strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean region, including in anti-piracy efforts.
Moreover, the move to set up an exclusive naval base at Karwar is intended to decongest Mumbai on the West coast and Visakhapatnam on the East coast, as the two ports also have commercial shipping operations.
Also, the decision was prompted by Mumbai’s proximity to Pakistan and the Islamic nation’s growing missile arsenal.
When: 9 June 2014