Replacement of Maitri station:


It is proposed to rebuild the Maitri station during the XII Plan period, incorporating the modern energy conservation systems i.e. CHP units and integrated power generation through wind energy and solar power, a waste conservation and waste disposal strategy through appropriate redesign of wastewater treatment and disposal system capable to recycle treated water to meet Environmental Protocol, integration of summer camp modules with necessary facilities to act as separate residential units and updating the laboratories facilities along with keeping provision for additional rooms and facilities for unforeseen activities in immediate future.

a) Objectives:

Maitri station, built in 1988-89 was assigned a life of about ten years considering the harsh Antarctic weather. The station has outlived its projected life more than two times. A two member expert team drawn from SERC-CSIR and EIL deputed to study the health of the station had pointed out the weakness of the structural columns on which the station stood.

Since Maitri is gateway to the interior mountains of Antarctica, and has important observatories that need to continue to collect vital met, geophysical and geological data, its continuation is essential for achieving the scientific goals of India in Antarctica.

It is therefore proposed to rebuild the station at a more favorable and environmentally friendly location satisfying the Antarctic Protocols.

b) Participating Institutions:

National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa

c) Implementation Plan:

  1. Site survey, levelling, approach roads. (2012-13)
  2. Selection of consultant architect, finalisation of conceptual design, preparation of CEE (2013-14)
  3. Tendering and identification of construction agency; procurement of machinery and equipment; pre-construction activities (2014-15)
  4. Movement of machinery and construction equipment and initiation of construction (2015-16)
  5. Construction and commissioning (2016-17)

d) Deliverables:

When completed , the station would house 25 wintering over and an equal number of summer scientists enabling them to conduct research in a eco-friendly environment. The modern, green station will conserve energy and use additional alternative sources of Wind and solar means to reduce Carbon footprints and save fuel consumption.

The modern sewage disposal system will overcome the problems being faced in the current unfriendly procedure, where the sewage water finds way to the drinking water source. The CHP techniques will make living and ambiance much better and in tune with other stations in Antarctica .

e) Budget Requirement : 520 crores

(Rs. In crores)

Budget Requirement
Name of the Scheme 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Total
Replacement of Maitri station 30.00 100.00 160.00 130.00 30.00 450.00


Last Updated On 04/07/2015 - 14:05
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