Enchanted by the serenity and beauty of Ladakh, we often forget this beautiful place faces acute shortage of water during winters. Since the only source of natural water in Ladakh is glacier water from the mountains, Norphel pioneered the first artificial glacier in Phuktse Phu Village in 1987.
Not only has the problem of water scarcity been addressed but the problems related to agriculture have also been solved. His simple innovation has enhanced the ecology of Ladakh. Farmers do not have to migrate during winters for alternate employment opportunities, and women do not have to walk for long hours to collect water. Above all, people are happy and do not face any crunch due to irregular water supply.