Establishment of the Third Indian Antarctic research Base


A new permanent Indian Base in the Larsemann Hills, Antarctica, was approved at the XXX Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Delhi, during April 2007. A Comprehensive Impact Assessment study was carried out, employing prediction models, i.e Industrial Source Complex-Short Term (ISCST3) for air quality, Noise Prediction Model (Predictor 7810) for noise environment and CORMIX 6, model for dilution and dispersion study of wastewater discharge into sea. Additional data and important information on station design and initial environmental reference have been incorporated in the final CEE report including discussions on baseline data.

A conceptual design of the station was obtained through Global Expressions of Interest solicited during the year 2006-07 for innovative ideas and a consultant architectural firm was appointed. The pre-construction activities commenced during the austral summer of 2009-10, when the most critical task of putting in place the infrastructure necessary for the construction of the station was achieved successfully. All the heavy earthmoving / construction material and cargo, ranging from 5 to 47 metric tons were transported from ship to shore either by the two helicopters or by vehicles over the fast ice. A 250 m long road from landing site up to the helipad was also carved out. The Phase-I construction activities of the station comprises piling for the foundation for the main station building and erection of garage sump and walls, construction of helipad using pre‐cast concrete elements, construction of foundation of fuel farm using pre‐cast concrete elements, laying of pipeline for fuel, fresh and waste water, Site survey and foundation piling for the planned Satellite Ground station etc have been completed. The Phase-II construction activities are scheduled to commence during the austral summer of 2011.

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