Karnataka Installs Tunnel That Sprays Disinfectant On People

by Sanjana Shenoy
Karnataka Installs Tunnel That Sprays Disinfectant On People

Hoping to find a light at the end of the tunnel? Well, Karnataka has gone one step further. So now you can not only find the light but even sanitize yourself while treading out of the tunnel. Karnataka has installed a disinfection tunnel at the entrance of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market in Hubli on 5th April. Youth India.org helped install this tunnel which sprays a small percentage of Sodium hypochlorite solution through nozzles to sanitize people before they enter the market.

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What’s In It?

The Minister of Large and Medium Scale Industries in Karnataka, Jagdish Shettar stated that this disinfection tunnel is useful for farmers, vegetable vendors and other people who visit the APMC market. He emphasised on the sheer usefulness of the tunnel. He added that they will first have to witness the public’s reaction to the tunnel and then plan on adding more devices in the near future.

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VSV Prasad, President of Confederation of Indian Industry mentioned that the setting up of this disinfection tunnel in Hubli can help curtail the spread of coronavirus by disinfecting the bacteria of the body. While this unique tunnel is in the trial stage right now, Prasad sincerely hopes that the trial would be successful and the chamber would be installed in more public places. When it comes to the cost of the tunnel he stated that the cost is around ₹1.5 lakhs to  ₹2 lakhs. And once they go for production, he hopes the price would come down. 

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What’s More?

Now if you’re wondering how this interesting disinfection tunnel would actually work like, then Srinivas Joshi, a representative of Young India.org explained to ANI about this. He revealed that the disinfection tunnel has 1.8% of Sodium hypochlorite solution in 100 litres of water. It’s then pumped through high pumps and sprayed like mist through nozzles for 3 to 5 seconds, which is very less time to cause any sort of allergy. Did you know Bangalore Breathes Fresh Air After Decades As Air Quality Improves Due To Lockdown?

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However, Srinivas Joshi added that people who are allergic to chemicals must avoid going through the chamber. And they will be putting a signboard for the same, soon. Karnataka currently has 144 coronavirus positive cases, 4 fatalities and 11 discharges. And as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India currently has 3577 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 83 deaths. Well, right now we Karnataka does have a disinfection tunnel, but we do hope that we can all soon rise above this dire situation and actually see light at the end of the tunnel.