原文标题：India readies hi-tech naval base to keep eye on China
NEW DELHI: Slowly but steadily, India's new futuristic naval base is beginning to take concrete shape on the eastern seaboard. The strategic base, with an eye firmly on China, will eventually even have underground pens or bunkers to protect nuclear submarines both from spy satellites and enemy air attacks.
Sources said a flurry of discussions and meetings have been held in the PMO and defence ministry over the last couple of months to firm up "expansion plans'' for a base located near Rambilli called "Project Varsha" on the Andhra coast — just about 50 km from the Eastern Naval Command headquarters at Visakhapatnam — over the coming decade.
Though it's still very early days for Project Varsha, some bill it as an answer to China's massive underground nuclear submarine base at Yalong on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island, which houses its new Shang-class SSNs (nuclear-powered attack submarines) and the Jin-class SSBNs (nuclear-powered submarines with long-range nuclear missiles).
Although land acquisitions and incremental development work on the base under the secretive project kicked off a few years ago, it is set to take off in a major way with the construction of tunnels, jetties, depots, workshops and accommodation. "Further land acquisitions for the sprawling base to be spread over 20 sq km are now underway, with long-term budget allocations also being planned,'' said a source.
The endeavour dovetails into the overall policy to bolster force-levels on the eastern seaboard, with new warships, aircraft and spy drones as well as forward-operating (FOBs) and operational turnaround (OTR) bases, to counter China's expanding footprint in the entire Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Good move by India.
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I still do not understand, why would we publicly discussion all these things, a country Defence project should be a secert!!!!....This Govt. is falling short of achievements so they are talking bout defence projects!!
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Mahendra Gaur (Jaipur)
Friendship is a better option.
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china already has it since years and india is still in early planning stage!! great. thanks to our competent leaders.
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Srinivasan Iyer (Herndon, USA)
Not in my life time, not in my children's lifetime. FYI, I am now 39.
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Gaurav Vishal (Bangalore)
A very good news. Proud to be Indian.
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Russia should not lease nuk submarines to India.. The Indians will tinker with it and attempt to reverse engineer to build a dummy copy cat!
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Raghav Bhatnagar (New Delhi)
We do not want this naval base or arms race with china and pakistan, We want Toilets. Goverment of India please built toilets for 680 millions of our fellow poor indians who practice open defecation every day as they can not afford to have toilets. Why our goverment wasting our hard earn money and time on this useless naval base and arms race with china?????
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Gautham A (Bengaluru)
India is way behind China in terms of Defence capabilities. This is an area that needs to be concentrated on as China is a major super power.
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Buddhadeva Das (aaa)
Good, yesterday we were saving India from Pakistan, today from China, tomorrow from Bhutan. But all the wars will be on sea, so we bought raincoats.
Ex Navy (Abroad)
You are right Mr Iyer. I was 10 years old when a survey was done for railway line between Ludhiana/Chandigarh. I sure the idea must have conceived much before that. I am now 60 plus and the first train between Ludhiana/Chandigarh is starting next month keeping my fingers crossed. 2 - Joined the navy in 75 and heard that soon we will have training academy at Karwar in service time I could not see the Naval Academy.
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Our biggest threat is corruption from within.
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rvijay Vijaykrishnan (pimpri)
it is a strategic requirement
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so china doesnt need to spy on india , toilet of india has already made them easier for them .
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John Luk (Hong Kong)
Dumb Indians can never match China, its time for another spanking like 1962.
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Vikash Kumar (New Delhi, India)
Pakistan and china both are the major issue for India.We can't neglect it.Finally India has open his eye also for China,its a good news.
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If every Indian citizen aged 18-40 were legally required to do 2 months military training/service every year, then India would be an invincible nation with over 500m National Reserve Soldiers. No matter how much Pakistan or China spends on their military, they will NEVER be able to beat India. Especially since China is aging in the long run. This would then free our regular armed forces to focus exclusively on offensive warfare. But as always, the attitudes and mindsets of everyday Indians once again keep India from achieving its potential. If Singapore and South Korea have National Service, why not India? Especially with all the threats we are facing in our area of the world. It might even put some much needed strength and discipline into the increasingly soft Indian youth.
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this is a positive development, india needs to hire more troops and double the size of the indian army
Mahesh Kuthuru (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Lets put up 8 massive nuclear/shipyard/shipping bases all around the country with defense and civil uses. Lets build a lot of submarines and ships. Lets use drones, cyberwarfare etc. Lets expand our army to 100 million. Vande Mataram
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our Indian navy is far superior than china at this moment, all we need is support of all ASIAN countries USA to contain Chinese threst/expansion plans. our cordial relations with USA,Taiwan,South Korea, Japan and Russian governments are equally important which our elderly PM must realise.
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Build up good relation with China. We are poor country and should use the money to improve economic health of people and infrastructure.
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Less talk more action, we dont hear Chinese making such claims and also alarmimg our neighbors at the asme time, these things should be top secret
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PRADEEP DEO (Sharjah)
Hope this dones not remain on paper and hope no SCAMS .......
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this is nice to hear,
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Why Our Media Discloses every information to our enemies........ Let them break their head to find out..... Why are we serving every thing to their table...?????
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This is very strange and funny news to read. A nation reveals its naval secrets to the world. Why is it so in our India? As the saying goes; barking dog seldom bites. If this is a top priority and valued naval project it should not be announced to the public. Is it a way for the congress to get vote from the people? feel like laughing......
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FoolishDreamers (Desh) 1 day ago
INDIA CAN'T EVEN KEEP A PASSING ITALIAN BOAT FROM KILLING ITS FISHERMEN NEXT TO ITS COAST, BUT THEY'LL TALK AND TALK ABOUT KEEPING AN EYE ON THE ENTIRE INDIAN OCEAN . . . . .
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WE ISREAL ARE ALWAYS WITH INDIA ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, NO ONE COMES CLOSE
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India should partner with South Korea and build subs. India need at least 50 subs to counter China.
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I am Lankan Tamil. I welcome China to takeover Trincomalee harbour and use as its naval base. I will be happy if China open its military bases in Jaffna. At least China did not betray Tamils. India used Tamils for its benefit and let them down.
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