The warship has been constructed indigenously by the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) under a `15,000-crore programme called Project-15A.
The navy is known to serve extravagant fare at momentous occasions, but is making an exception for the PM.
“It will be an all-vegetarian spread based on traditional flavours, in keeping with the PM’s dietary preferences,” a navy officer said. It is believed that Modi prefers simple food.
Guests were served “simple but scrumptious” vegetarian food at a farewell dinner hosted by the PM for former army chief General Bikram Singh on July 26.
The navy is believed to have some idea of what the PM prefers as the upcoming Mumbai tour will be his second visit to a naval platform in a span of two months. He had boarded India’s largest and most expensive warship, the INS Vikramaditya, off the Goa coast on June 14, his first engagement outside Delhi after being sworn in as PM.
INS Kolkata, a 6,800-tonne destroyer, is the first in a series of three warships being built by the MDL. Two other warships, INS Kochi and INS Chennai, are scheduled to be delivered to the navy by mid-2015.