Covid-19: Demand for disinfectant tunnels grows as malls, offices, line up

The path to Venkateshwara on the Tirupati temple, includes crossing a tunnel nowadays. This isn’t any cave just like the one Vaishno Devi’s pilgrims is likely to be accustomed to, however a disinfectant gateway that sprays you with the “Rajat Bhasma” answer to rid you of any hint of the virus such as the (Covid-19) out of your garments, hair, pores and skin and even ft.

“This tunnel was donated to us by a company called Nanolife which makes an ayurvedic disinfectant. The temple is closed right now so it’s just our staff using it,” a senior official on the temple stated.

Disinfectant tunnels have gotten one of the in-demand commodities within the post-Covid-19 world with malls, places of work, banks, retailers all lining up to put in the construction at their entrances.

The speedy demand is coming from factories, the place lockdown guidelines are being relaxed. An vehicle manufacturing facility just lately went a step additional and put in large archways for its vans the place they’re sprayed with the disinfectant earlier than coming into the premises.

“Trucks travel all over the country and could have many vulnerable spots. This way one can ensure the safety of workers as well,” an business supply stated.

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The firm swamped with these orders is a comparatively new one – Chennai-based Nanolife – which has patented its rajat bhasma components or the silver nanoparticles answer as a wholesome disinfectant.

“Demand has never been this high…Being an ayurvedic product free of any chemicals it is safe for human use. We are primarily a pharma products company and we will partner with others to make these tunnels,” Ajmal Dastagir, director, Nanolife stated.

The construction is often a few metres in size and a metre and a half in width. It sprays the individuals coming into with a mist like answer that claims to kill the virus on the floor of 1’s physique.

The well being ministry just lately issued an advisory towards spraying of sodium hypochlorite as a disinfectant on people as it will possibly result in irritation of eyes and pores and skin and doubtlessly gastrointestinal results such as nausea and vomiting


The ayurvedic disinfectant has not been examined towards Covid-19, nevertheless it has proven an efficacy of 99.9 per cent towards a virus of the identical household and is awaiting certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards, based on the corporate.

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Since the product is non-alcoholic, the corporate is seeing a number of demand from non secular locations, particularly and temples. In the final month Nanolife obtained hundreds of enquiries, together with one from the Tirupati temple.

Mumbai-based retail installations company ‘Surreal Design Studio’ has developed comparable purification tunnels and cubicles. The firm has obtained inquiries for these tunnels from high manufacturers, company places of work, residential areas and even airports. “We are gearing up for a pan India rollout. Some establishments have already installed these tunnels and our estimates show that such precautionary measures will be standard procedures in most places in the future,” stated Rahul Soni, managing director, Surreal Design Studio

Tirupati temple, for occasion, has requested for a tunnel which may spray the liquid horizontally, as an alternative of vertically, masking solely the top and shoulders.

Skeptics, nonetheless, imagine that if an individual has been uncovered to the (Covid-19), spraying the exterior elements of the physique wouldn’t kill the virus that has entered the physique. Some extent, the well being ministry has additionally burdened upon, in curbing the spraying of disinfectants on individuals. However, the tunnels it appears, are right here to remain.

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