The Indian Army has shown keenness in Sonam Wangchuk’s developed pre-fabricated solar-heated mud huts, in order to help soldiers keep warm at higher terrestrial locations. Ladakh, which houses one of the most difficult terrains in the world, usually sees a huge amount of resources being consumed in order to help the army personnel sustain unfavourable conditions.
The following structures are movable and it can be assembled on the spot. The cost incurred in heating would be scaled down to zero, as there will not arise a need for any other resource to keep it warm.
According to an Economic Times report, the Indian Army has shown interest in 10,000 of such solar-heated structures. Talking at an event in Jammu & Kashmir, organised by the state government in Srinagar, Wangchuk said that such solar-heated mud huts are not new. As per Wangchuk, the temperature in the shelter would be 20 degrees Celsius, even if the temperature outside it is -20 degrees Celsius.
He said, “We are doing several more prototypes. It will be scaled up. I don’t think the Indian Army has formulated a policy, but they have shown keen interest and are paying for the prototypes. 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 real-life ‘Phunsukh Wangdu’, whose role was essayed in popular Hindi film – 3 Idiots, has prepared this low-cost eco-friendly shelters, which would help the army incur less cost on such measures, especially during the winter season.