The job of those in the military is by no means easy. They battle harsh conditions, having to be away from their families for extended periods of time and constant threat to their lives on a daily basis. And these are only a few of the trials and tribulations involved. I could never even begin to imagine what an actual man or woman of the military has to go through.
Therefore, any means to improve the lives of these brave citizens is much appreciated. And this time, the army has found a possible aid in the real-life Phunsukh Wangdu.
The Indian army has expressed interest in pre-fabricated solar heated mud huts invented by Sonam Wangchuk.
These huts are said to be eco-friendly and able to keep the interiors warm even in sub-zero temperatures. According to the Economic Times, even if the temperature outside falls to minus 20 degrees Celsius, it’ll stay a stable 20 degrees Celsius inside the hut.
Attending a J&K government function in Srinagar this week, Wangchuk has stated that the defence forces are interested in at least 10,000 such huts.
Wangchuk was quoted as saying:
“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.
This is also going to get rid of all the pollution caused by the massive amounts of oil the Army consumes to keep the jawans warm .”
The innovator has already successfully completed a prototype of the same and is in the process of developing more.
“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 be set up. This can be used in Tibet and different parts of central Asia. We have to wake up to challenges of climate changes.”
The plant in Ladakh will be under the Alternative Mountain University, which is currently being established by Wangchuk.
This is welcome news in the wake of so many accounts of our soldiers having to brave such harsh climatic conditions at the border. These are men and women who sacrifice their lives for the safety of the rest of the country. Making their lives even the slightest bit better is the least we can do. We hope this project becomes active as soon as possible and that many more such follow.