Sonam Wangchuk To Give 10,000 Solar Huts To The Indian Army

Sonam Wangchuk is the person who inspired Aamir Khan’s character in director Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘3 Idiots’. Wangchuk now is referred to as ‘The Real Life Phunsukh Wangdu’. Sonam does not like that tag so he has kept on refusing that he is not Phunsukh Wangdu.

Sonam Wangchuk is an innovator, he has built the ‘SECMOL’ (Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh), where even in extreme temperatures like -30 celsius, the solar-powered school built with the rammed earth keeps the students warm.

Now this time he has developed pre-fabricated solar heated mud huts which will be keeping the soldiers warm during the cold season. Wangchuk plans to set up a plant in the region of Ladakh also.

The jawans used to make use of oil to keep themselves warm but it causes massive pollution. Because of Wangchuk’s mud huts, things are set to change.

The engineer and innovator has planned to develop a preliminary version of the huts and the army has given a very positive response to this innovation, showing interest in at least 10,000 such structures.

According to a report in The Economic Times, ‘the huts are very eco-friendly and would not require massive heating during winters in Ladakh, Wangchuk’s home, which is one of the coldest mountain deserts in the world.’


“ 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. 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,” Wangchuk told the newspaper.

Sonam Wangchuk has been constantly doing the utmost use of his creativity; creativity has also led to a social work, as it is very essential to help the army of the country. They serve us in the most extreme conditions and we should do at least something about it, shouldn’t we?

These huts can be used in Tibet and China where temperatures are extreme.

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Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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