Anything can become a constraint if we continue to call it a problem. The moment we start seeing it as a challenge, a dare, our perspective and attitude shift. We set off to find a creative way to crush it, and that is where innovations happen – on the confluence of a mighty challenge and an unflinching will to conquer it.
One such example of the many innovations unleashed at SECMOL is the Ice Stupa, which was designed to rise above the constant scarcity of water, for drinking and irrigation in Ladakh, and the means to store it.
An average stupa of ice is 35-40 m high with an ability to store up to 16,000 cu.m (16 million litres) of water at once which can sufficiently irrigate more than 10 hectares of land.
The beauty of the project lies in the 3R's of environment conservation - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – The same pipeline that brings stream water to sculpt the stupa in winter is used to refill large reservoirs during summer.
A true game changer, this project can help green the vast deserts of Phyang accommodating a self-reliant population of roughly 40,000 people once deployed on the large scale.
The ice innovation determined to transform the life and landscape of Ladakh has successfully demonstrated its potential through various prototype projects in Phyang since 2014.
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