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Hot water discovered in Siachen by Dr Arya – The Times of India


Hot water discovered in Siachen by Dr Arya – The Times of India                              , TNN | May 1, 2012, 09.24PM IST

                                          Dr Arya with Army troops at Siachen                                        (background Siachen Glacier and warm water oozing from the borewell)

The highest battlefield in the world, Siachen glacier, hides a warming truth, recently discovered. Geologists have discovered hot water from geothermal sources in the glacier which is nearly 15 degrees warm in plunging -40 degree Celsius weather. The hot source has come as a relief in the freezing conditions as it can now be used for growing vegetables, setting up green houses on the glacier besides cutting down heavy reliance on expensive fossil fuels.

Siachen Glacier (Receeding due to warming)

The Indian army had outsourced the project of first discovering ground water in Siachen sector as soldiers were being compelled to melt ice from the frozen Siachen river to quench their thirst and for all other purposes. Ritesh Arya, the project director, known for establishing a record in the Guinness Book of World Records, for discovering water sources at highest altitude in Ladakh, told TOI from Leh,”We had drilled holes a decade ago for the army, in coordination
with 4 Engineers Corps, to discover underground water sources in Siachen. Last year, we were assigned a task to explore and develop geothermal source in Siachen Base Camp by Indian Army. We explored the site for geothermal
development by drilling borewell but it was a tough task especially as it was assigned on’ no water, no money’ basis.”
It took several months before the source of geothermal site was discovered, in October, last year.” We wanted to test the source in winters. We
finally visited the site on 18 April, 2012 with engineers from 17 Eng Corps and the discovery of geothermal source at base camp was
established,”said Dr Arya.

A PU alumnus, Dr Arya, said that the borewells for groundwater in Siachen has been giving 24 hours water even in winters when temperatures
drop to minus 40 degrees. “Though the temperatures of the source are not very high but still the water can be put to good use for developing
green houses for growing vegetables, bathing, washing etc. So far the army is relying only on fossil fuels for heating water which is a very
expensive proposition at the altitude of 14000 feet,” he said.

Raising concern about the shrinking of Siachen glacier the geologist said, “The glacier has receded sharply and we are investigating how much.
The glacier should be demilitarized, as the Pakistan army is mooting, and instead it should be developed as a geothermal tourist destination for
which it has vast unexplored potential.”

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Dr Arya for geothermal policy to exploit tourism in India- The Tribune

Expert for geothermal policy to exploit tourism
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 15
Expressing concern over the neglect of geothermal sites in the Indian Himalayas, noted geologist Ritesh Arya has urged the government to formulate a policy to exploit their tourism potential to help boost the economy of the people living in far-flung and remote pockets of the mountain range.

Arya, who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for striking ground water and drilling the highest borewell in the world in Ladakh, wants numerous geothermal springs to be developed into tourist destinations by developing spa resorts, health centres based on traditional therapies along with other required infrastructural facilities.

“Hot springs have been, since time immemorial, used by the local residents and which also attracted a large number people because of their medicinal properties, lack even the basic amenities. While the government has been indifferent to the development of these sites, private players have not been able to exploit these sources to its potential,” he lamented.

More importantly, each of these places like Manikaran, Tatapani and Vashist (Himachal) and Chumathang, Panamic, Puga Sasoma, Marsmicla and Demchuk (Ladakh), had a history and also acquired religious sanctity which could be exploited to attract tourists. By setting up of recreational facilities like swimming pools, spas and good hotels and using the green non-polluting geothermal energy, the state could take lead in promoting low-carbon footprint tourism, he pointed out.

Arya maintains that geothermal resource development holds the key to sustainable development of tourism and power in the region where ever they are found. In fact, states like Himachal could set up geothermal study centre for carrying out research and development to promote geo-tourism.

He has already carried much work on these sites and will present his plan at the World Geothermal Congress-2010 to be held at Bali in Indonesia from April 25 to 29 in a paper entitled “Geothermal Sites as Tourists Destination in Indian Himalayas”.

He has, in the paper, highlighted the importance of developing geothermal sites and has asserted that advanced countries, which had acquired expertise in the field, should provide technical and other required support to the developing countries where the geothermal resource planning and development was still in its infancy. After all, benefits of geothermal and rock energy had to be shared by all irrespective of the place, he added. Clean rock energy should be made available to all at a very low price, he said. Investment opportunities to develop geothermal sources are many but because of lack of initiatives by the successive government and policy makers, geothermal resource is a badly neglected resource, he added.

Indian Dr Arya in world’s ‘top 10 innovators’ list in World future Energy Summit Abu Dhabi | The Asian Age

 Jan 21,2011- Asit Jolly, Chandigarh

Chandigarh-based hydro-geologist Ritesh Arya, who holds the Guinness record for drilling the world’s highest tubewell at Siachen, has now found place among the “world’s top 10 small-scale renewable energy innovators” currently showcased at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

“Ritesh Arya is an Indian hydro-geologist who in 2001 found groundwater at over 11,000 ft in the Himalayas, the highest that has ever been discovered. He is backed by three Nordic research groups as well as Norwegian oil giant Statoil, and is finding geothermal resources in places where no one thought it could be. Thousands of Himalayan communities could benefit from the source of renewable energy,” said the Guardian environment editor John Vidal in his appraisal of future technologies exhibited in the UAE this week.
“The Indian Himalayas are promising areas for geothermal utilisation, containing geothermal spring areas and high heat flow provinces. Development of the geothermal resources has the potential to supply the region with electric power to increase industrial efficiency and productivity in agriculture, food-processing and tourism.” Dr Arya, who heads Arya Geo Energy in India, told this newspaper. The plan is to adapt and innovate from already-advanced Nordic technologies to open access to a completely unexploited, but green and endlessly renewable energy source without disturbing the delicate Himalayan ecology.
Listing what he describes as the “lifeblood” of the summit, Mr Vidal has included one other Indian company amongst the most promising “small-scale entrepreneurs, inventors and technologists who have come to Abu Dhabi hoping to attract cash and become mainstream in 20 years time.” Skymill Energy is an Indo-American venture that plans to harness high-altitude jet-stream winds that blow at over 200 mph at over 30,000 ft by using a remote rotary-lift, helicopter-like vehicle attached to a ground generator to produce absolutely pollution-free energy that would be cheaper than coal.
Indian and US scientists backed by the aviation giant Boeing are preparing to commence Skymill’s pilot project in India in 2012.
Besides the Indian ventures, the top 10 includes Korea’s Semi-Materials, Humus Analysis and Freecold of France, the UK-based African Renewable Energies, the UAE’s own 2G, Hitachi’s small-scale desalination plants venture and Algaeventure of the USA.