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Hazaribagh: Amid spurt in demand for disinfectant tunnels, man builds low-cost version

Thirty-six-year-old seeks help from govt to market product
 Pramod Vishwakarma with his designed disinfectant tunnel in Hazaribagh on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Vishvendu Jaipuriar   |   Hazaribagh   |   Published 05.06.20, 10:11 AM

Thirty-six-year-old Pramod Vishwakarma, who repairs electronic items in Barhi, has utilised his experience to create a disinfectant tunnel by spending just Rs 35,000.


Vishwakarma’s efforts come amid a spurt in demand of disinfectant tunnels in Hazaribagh in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Various places in the city, including malls, markets, bus stands, hospitals and banks, are installing these tunnels to spray disinfectants on visitors as a precautionary measure against the virus.

Talking to The Telegraph Online, Vishwakarma said that the cost of the tunnel can further come down if he receives help from the government.

Witnessing the rise in demand for disinfectant tunnels, Vishwakarma said he decided to try his hand on the project. He collected information from the Internet and began his work about 15 days ago.

Vishwakarma said he used sensors, misting nozzles, mild steel pipes, aluminum composite panels and a 12-volt battery to make the tunnel. Even a 12-litre tank is attached to store disinfectant in it, he said, adding that he successfully finished making the tunnel on Thursday.

About the tunnel, he said it can disinfect five persons in a minute. “Everything is automated. Once a person enters the tunnel, it starts immediately. The best part is that my tunnel consumes less electricity and runs on a 12volt battery,” he said. Just install this structure near the main entrance and it will do its work, he added.

Vishwakarma said the price of these tunnels had increased due to the pandemic, costing more than Rs 1 lakh.

“My designed tunnel is cheaper and I need government’s help to start large scale production,” he said.

“I have designed this tunnel with limited resources, but I lack the capability to market my product. For this, I need the government’s support” added Vishwakarma. 

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