Currently, India did not have an operational aircraft carrier and the situation could have been averted, had aircraft carrier ''Vikramaditya'' arrived on time from Russia. The ship was expected to join the fleet in three years time. He said the facility in Kochi was expected to be used as a permanent carrier building line-up. One more will be ready by the time ''Vikramaditya'' retired, he added. He said more green field ship building yards were needed to strengthen the Indian Navy to enhance production of vessels.
''The Ministry of Shipping is setting up one ship building yard on each of the two coasts (east and west). Somebody must set up more greenfield projects for ship building as operational yards as the Mazgaon Docks Limited have limitations (of capacity),'' he said.
Admiral Mehta said construction major L and T had expressed interest in putting such a project. More private players should enter the fray, he added.