India to commission Bharati in Antarctica by March

RUPESH SAMANT (PTI), PANAJI | 07 November 2011 19:34 IST

Nearly 28 years after it set up the first permanent research station in the South Polar region, India is all set to commission and occupy a third such station in Antarctica by March next year.

After the station named 'Bharti' becomes operational, India will join the league of select nations that have multiple operation stations in the region. 

Director of the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) Rasik Ravindra said that the new station is located almost 3,000 km away from the existing 'Maitri' station which is serving the nation since its inception in 1988-89. 

"The construction of the new station is going on at a hectic speed. The current Indian Antarctic Expedition that sailed off from Cape Town on October 26 under the leadership of Rajesh Asthana will complete the project in this Antarctic summer itself, hopefully by March 2012," Ravindra said. 

"We will occupy it soon thereafter," he said. The scientists associated with NCAOR had earlier carried out a comprehensive environmental evaluation (CEE) of the project for the new station at Grovnes promontory in the Larsemann Hills on the eastern part of the South Pole. 

Indian scientists will undertake cutting-edge research on geological structures and tectonics at the centre from the next year, he said. 

'Bharati' station is a self-contained double-storey structure on stilts and is designed to have a life span of 25 years. It will accommodate 25 people during summer and 15 people during winter. 

The setting up of this station was taken up in two phases. Phase I materialised during summer of 2010-11 and Phase II in the successive summer. 

As per the CEE, minor and transitory impacts on the Antarctic environment are likely due to construction of the ambitious project.


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Well done!

I wish all the best to our Scientists based in Antarctica.

Let us hope that their research will help to unearth the secrets of nature in Antarctica and bring prosperity to mankind.

- Francisco G. Lourenco, England | 17 th May 2012 16:29

 

How can \i send email to maitri and bharti

- Manjit Singh, Patiala | 03 rd April 2012 14:36

 

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