Indian minesweeper to be first artificial reef
The popularity of scuba diving has grown rapidly in India in recent years alongside an increase in outward tourism, the country itself having few recognised dive-sites other than around its distant Andaman Islands.
Now there are plans to start changing that next year – with the sinking of a minesweeper.
12 December 2018
India’s first planned artificial reef is to be located in the Bay of Bengal off Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) on the country’s south-east coast.
The INS Cuddalore (M69) was decommissioned in 2018 after 30 years of service, and is being donated by the Indian Navy to be sunk at a depth of 26m, four miles off the coast.
The plan is to sink the Russian-built 61m-long warship upright with its 29m mast protruding from the water, so that it can be promoted as an attraction both for divers and surface tourists.