The job of the Indian Army personnel is not easy at all, particularly of those who are stationed in high altitudes where the temperature is very low. Northern part of India has many areas which have a sub-zero temperature, making it very difficult for people to survive. Most of these areas have very scarce or no human habitation but are strategically important for country’s security. Hence, our Army soldiers guard these areas day and night, enduring all the problems posed to them by the extremely cold weather.
But now it looks like that these problems will be resolved to a great extent by the knowledge and invention of Sonam Wangchuk. More popular as the real-life Phunsukh Wangdu, a character from the blockbuster Bollywood film ‘3 Idiots’ played by Aamir Khan, Wangchuk is an engineer and innovator.
The man behind several groundbreaking innovations like designing his school’s campus that runs on solar energy and Ice Stupa – a solution to the water problem of farmers in Ladakh, Sonam Wangchuk, is now working towards solving the problems faced by soldiers because of low temperature.
Sonam Wangchuk has successfully built a prototype of pre-fabricated solar heated mud huts, that are eco-friendly as well. These huts will provide sufficient heating even during the winters in Ladakh, which is one of the coldest mountain deserts on the planet. So, even if the temperature outside the hut is -20 degrees Celsius, inside it would still be 20 degrees Celsius, and that too without any cost involved!
Moreover, these huts are pre-fabricated, movable and can be assembled on the spot, offering an excellent solution to Army’s shelter requirements in the chilling weather of mountains. As per a report by the Economic Times, Indian Army has expressed interest in 10,000 such huts for which Wangchuk plans to establish a plant in Ladakh.
Explaining more about these huts, Sonam Wangchuk said:
“This is going to get rid of all the pollution caused by the massive amounts of oil the Army consumes to keep the jawans warm. We are doing several more prototypes. It will be scaled up. I don’t think the Army has formulated a policy, but they have shown keen interest and are paying for the prototypes. Materials will be fabricated in the plant for a whole year and assembled on the spot in summer when the weather is fine. One hut will take just two weeks to set up. This can be used in Tibet and different parts of central Asia. We have to wake up to challenges of climate change.”
Wangchuk further revealed that Chinese and people from other parts of the world too have inquired about these huts from him. Don’t you think it is going to be a revolutionary innovation for the world? Do share your thoughts in the comments section!