Ladakh is one such place in India that leaves us awestruck, so do the people! Chewang Norphel is one such name that has created wonders in the beautiful land of Ladakh. He is also known as “Ice Man of India” because he has created more than 15 artificial glaciers in Ladakh.
He is an 81 years old civil engineer who is currently working for the welfare of Ladakh. Coming from a middle-class family, Norphel never compromised with his education and made it his priority. He was a student of Amar Singh College in Srinagar of science stream. Thereafter, he went to Lucknow for his further studies and completed his diploma in civil engineering in 1960 from Lucknow. After completing his diploma in 1960, he returned to Ladakh and joined the rural development department of Jammu & Kashmir in Ladakh. After working for 35 years in this department, in 1995 he took an early retirement due to health issues. During his service period he has constructed major dams, roads and schools in Zanskar, a small place in Ladakh. Construction in Zanskar was a challenging task because of the lack of skilled labor, so, he also trained the native of Zanskar for help.
“It gave me a great pleasure. I was happy to see that a little support from my side had changed their lives,” Norphel said.
He was a keen observer and a problem solver.
As, Ladakh faces very limited rainfall (about 50mm) in the whole year. So the local farmers suffered from shortage of water during the cropping season. As a native of Ladakh, it was painful for Norphel seeing the people of Ladakh struggling with the need of water. In 1996, while working on a non-government project- leh Nutrition project, he came up
with the idea of building Artificial Glaciers for water conservation. His idea was very new to the people of Ladakh and people were not convinced by this concept. People took his idea as a joke but he proved them wrong. Today, he is known as the “ice man” because he believed in his concept and created more than 15 artificial glaciers.
As they say, worked hard in silence and let success make the noise.
” The idea of Artificial glaciers came to Chewang Norphel’s mind, when he saw that water dripping from tap froze after coming in contact with the ground. Putting this idea, he conserved the water that melted from glaciers during winters through underground pipes. Those underground pipes are connected through steep valley which helped the water to flow. The pipes are kept in the form of fountains near villages, coming in contact with -20 degree air the water that comes from the pipe freezes and hence form the artificial glacier. While on the other hand he made canals and diverted the stream of water so that it could be supplied to all nearby villages. His hard work and engineering skills successfully gave birth to first artificial glacier.”
The idea was to keep the glaciers very close to the village so that farmers could get the required amount of water during the sowing season. He initiated his project in Phutske village in Ladakh. The height of these glaciers were kept at low heights as compared to the natural glaciers so that the artificial ones could melt quickly. His largest artificial glacier is at Phutske village whose height is 1,000ft, 150 meters wide and 4ft in depth. This artificial glacier can supply water to the entire village. The cost of construction for this glacier was about INR 90,000.
Chewang Norphel set an example for the people around the world, and proved that concrete ideas and determination to work for it, can simply change everything. He was also awarded by Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2010 and Padma Shri in 2015. He got a new identity and became an example for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. All we can say about him is that he found himself when he lost himself in the service of others.
‘Lonestar’ means a single-star that outshines all the others, which is the official name given to the first professional Football Club in Kashmir.
“There will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will be mistakes, BUT with hard work and teamwork there will be no limit!” This is perhaps the most perfect line of this article. Success has
nothing to do with talent, at the most it will set your foot on the door of opportunity, but the truth is that no matter how talented you are, your passion always pays off. And those who follow their passion shines brighter.
Football is a game of DARE, and the dare is not to lose! In face of odds, Kashmir holds a history when it comes to football. Let’s unfold the story of football in Kashmir. Football is one of the sports that
have grown exponentially in the beautiful valley of Kashmir in no time. The craze of this sport is rapidly increasing among youngsters!
The trend of playing football in Kashmir is from the era of Maharaja Hari Singh, but during that time it was limited to a very few people in Kashmir. Football is one sport that can never go out of trend. While every Indian state was preparing their football club, Kashmiri youth were also getting ready with their football boots to give a knockout challenge to other teams. Lone star football club finally made its debut in Kashmir. The youth and the children who were longing for this game in Kashmir finally got a platform. Lone star is associated with Jammu & Kashmir football association. In the year 2013, Lone star was registered with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after becoming prime
sponsors. It became the professional football club of Kashmir and was also registered under private company as per the licensing criteria of AIFF.
Lone star Kashmir is fast becoming the name on every youth’s lips. It plays a pivotal role at the dawn of a new era in football in Jammu and Kashmir. The club provides a shelter to the footballers of Kashmir and made them a part of its success. Finally, the longest dream of becoming professional footballers was coming true.
The office of lone star Kashmir FC, started from Barzulla, Srinagar. The club is the face of growing talents. The introduction of Lone Star in Kashmir changed the views of people of Kashmir. Parents who opposed their kids to opt for football as their career are now proud of their achievements. With an initiative to promote football in Kashmir, the football association gave some amount of money to each player. That was a way to generate employment in Kashmir through this sport. Those who wanted to follow their passion now started making themselves more capable to get selected into Lone star. The no. of players in this football club is 22 and are the best trained footballers from Kashmir,
foreign and other Indian states too. They all are from different backgrounds but that is not what matters, when you are dedicated enough to follow your heart and passion.
The football club has now made a name in the competitors list. This football club is accepting the daunting challenges thrown at them and is also giving fruitful results. The club has appointed some of the best MBBS Doctor, Physiotherapist, media manager, finance officer and marketing manager to its league. Now, the squad is all set to give tough challenges to other state teams at national level.
As far the secretariat is concerned Mr. Iftikhar A. Lone is the owner and the chairman of the club, Farman A Lone and Mr. Z.A. Thakur is the director, Mr. N.A. Khan .the former president is the Executive director of the club and Majid Yousuf is the secretary general manager of the
club. They are the main members of the secretariat. Mr. Hilal Rasool as the head coach has served a lot to this club. The under-19 team also gave remarkable results. The club has also qualified for the Santosh trophy.
So far continued efforts have been taken day-to-day to achieve such encouraging results. The baby steps taken are now getting converted into footprints leaving an impact on every footballer as well as spectator. With the help of Lone Star Kashmir Football Club, we would need just a football and a field to play the game and win laurels for the country.