Construction of the third research base in Antarctica:


The action for the pre-construction work at the Larsemann Hills environs has been completed. All the heavy earthmoving/construction material and cargo were transported from ship to shore either by the two helicopters or by vehicles over the fast ice. About 250 m long road from landing site up to the helipad was also carved out. The construction activities related to Phase II are scheduled to commence during the austral summer of 2011.

a) Objectives:

  1. Commissioning of the research base
  2. Establishing the laboratories
  3. Establishment of the requisite communication facilities
  4. Initiation of scientific studies from the new Indian base.

b) Participating Institutions:

National Centre for Polar & Ocean Research, Goa

c) Implementation Plan:

The construction and commissioning of the new station is being undertaken in two phases. The first phase of construction which was undertaken through a Service provider identified on the basis of a Global Tender was initiated and completed during the austral summer of 2010. Concurrently, activities for the Phase-II were initiated at NCPOR. Adopting the same procedure as that for Phase-I, a Service Provider was identified through Global Bidding. The construction activities related to Phase II are scheduled to begin during the austral summer of 2011.The station will be occupied in 2012 but facilities such as R.O. System for water supply, construction of jetty, and equipping the station with modern scientific equipments will be taken up subsequently in a phased manner. Construction of Communication and data receiving antennas , establishing a modern medical set up, wind and solar power generating systems and a Met lab will be taken up .

d) Deliverables:

A state-of-the-art year-round research base, Bharati, at Larsemann Hills with living space and laboratory facilities, when dedicated to the nation, will enhance India’s presence and visibility of its Polar Program. The data collected from this sub-aroral region will supplement the Maitri data and together will add scientific endeavors to establish tele-connection of Polar climate to Monsoon. Since the site of the Bharati station in Antarctica, represents an area linked to the Eastern Ghat Mobile Belt of India during Pre- rift period, station will offer excellent opportunity to conduct comparative crustal evolution studies. The station being next to the open sea, will also facilitate studies in marine scientific fields, a field that could not be covered from Maitri. The Station being very close to international hubs of Australia, China, Russia and Romania will enable scientific cooperation with these SCAR nations.

e) Budget Requirement : 149 crores

(Rs. In crores)

Budget Requirement
Name of the Scheme2012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17Total
Construction of the third station31.0025.0028.0031.0034.00149.00


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