Just as the film “3 Idiots”, the character known as Phunsukh Wangdu, that Amir Khan recreated on screen is famous as well. But, unfortunately, very few of us know that the character was inspired by Sonam Wangchuk.
Sonam Wangchuk AKA Phunsukh Wangdu, the Ladakhi engineer, innovator and education reformist is all set to provide the Indian army with pre-fabricated solar heated mud huts. A prototype has already been developed, these structures would not create any pollution, as earlier the oil and firewood used to create to keep the jawans warm in the frostbitten situation. Apart from this, he is also planning to establish a plant in Ladakh.
As Wangchuk said to the Economic Times, “Solar passive structures are not new. However, these are movable, prefabricated and can be assembled on the spot and give solutions to meet the Army’s shelter requirements. The cost of heating will be zero. Even if the temperature outside is minus 20 degrees Celsius, it will be 20 degrees Celsius inside the hut, without any heating. 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.”
The army is interested in the construction of 10,000 such structures and is ready to pay Wangchuk for the prototypes. The plant in Ladakh that Wangchuk is planning to establish will be under the Alternative Mountain University.“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 be set up,” Wangchuk said to the Economics Time. “This can be used in Tibet and different parts of central Asia. We have to wake up to challenges of climate changes,” he added, as the Chinese too have shown interest in his innovation and enquired.
Kudos to the real-life Phunsukh Wangdu for coming up with such an innovative idea to help the jawans in every possible way.