India’s third permanent research station in the continent of Antarctica will be named ‘Bharti’. It will be commissioned next year, a full 28 years after the setting up of the country’s first permanent research station in the extreme cold region.

Bharti is situated about 3,000km away from the current station: Maitri. It started functioning in 1988. Bharti, which is supposed to last for 25 years, is a self-sufficient double-storey structure standing on stilts. It can accommodate 25 people during summer and 15 people during winter.

India will soon be one of few countries that have multiple operation stations in the region.