Story – Sonam Wangchuk (Engineer) who built a prototype of ‘ICE STUPA’

Sonam Wangchuk (Engineer) invented and built a prototype of the Ice Stupa which is an artificial glacier that stores the wasting stream waters during the winters in the form of giant ice cones or stupas, and releases the water during late spring as they start melting, which is the perfect time when the farmers need water. His aim was to find a solution to the water crisis being faced by the farmers of Ladakh in the critical planting months of April and May before the natural glacial melt waters start flowing. By the end of February in 2014, they had successfully built a two-story prototype of an ice stupa which could store roughly 150,000 litres of winter stream water which nobody wanted at the time.

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