The Indian Navy is likely to approach the government with a proposal to build the second aircraft carrier in a couple of months.
Navy is determined to be clear on the "requirement" before a final decision is taken.
The other aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, a British-built ship serving with the Indian Navy and the oldest carrier in service, retired on March 6. India's first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, a 40,000-tonne ship, is meanwhile being built for the Indian Navy by Cochin Shipyard.
India at any time requires three aircraft carriers, one each on the east and west coasts, and a third one as a replacement for any of the ships that go for refit. On May 13, 2015, the Defence Acquisition Council cleared construction of a second aircraft carrier and Rs 30 crore was allotted for the preparations.