BBMP(Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to fight COVID-19. Apart from organising fundraising with the help of local activists for daily wage labourers, BBMP is spraying disinfectant in different parts of Bangalore as a preventive measure. Initially, tractors carrying about 7000 litres of disinfectant with jetting mechanism were employed for this task. Subsequently, BBMP also employed Alpha Drone Technology, to spray disinfectants in various areas of Bangalore using hexacopter drones.
Neel Sagar G, Nishant Murali, Vinay Kumar, Naga Praveen all in their twenties are the drone operators behind this exercise. Neel Sagar G the founder of Alpha Drone Technologies, said that while BBMP had not fixed any pay for this task they volunteered. The drones have been modified in a minor way to accomplish this task. Hexacopter drones nozzles are modified in such a way that spraying covers a wider area. Each hexacopter drone can carry 15 litres of disinfectant at a time and rise to a height of 20-25 metres. These hexacopter drones work from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and can cover a distance of 6 m/s. Each morning BBMP gives them a schedule and these 4 drone operators are assisted by 4 other members who are in charge of the ground station.