India to Announce Plans for New Antarctic Research Station

  • 09 May 2024

India will unveil its proposal to construct a new research station in Antarctica during the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) scheduled to be held in Kochi later this month.

Key Points

  • Revamping Maitri: India plans to refurbish its existing Maitri research station due to its age, aiming to construct a modern facility in its place.
  • Antarctic Research Stations: India currently operates two research stations in Antarctica—Maitri and Bharti—each serving different purposes.
  • Agenda Items: Key agenda items for the ATCM include sustainable management of Antarctica, biodiversity prospecting, climate change impacts, and tourism regulation.
  • Indian Nomination: India has proposed senior diplomat Pankaj Saran as Chair of the 46th ATCM, showcasing its active role in Antarctic governance.
  • International Attendance: The ATCM and Committee for Environment Protection (CEP) meetings will be attended by delegates from over 60 countries.
  • Venue and Host: The meetings will be hosted by the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR).