Drones Sanitising Bangalore As A Preventive Measure Against The Spread Of Covid-19

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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.  

Neel Sagar G is an aerospace engineer, Nishant Murali is a Civil Engineer, Vinay Kumar is an aeronautical engineer and Naga Praveen is an electronics engineer. Neel said that they had built these drones about 6 months ago with the help of the Aeroscience department of Indian Institute of Science. Subsequently, they were contacted by the Indian Institute of Horticulture to spray pesticides on plants. Since they have a proven record BBMP has contacted them to spray the disinfectant.

Spraying of disinfectant via drones is desirable as it covers both land and air. So far the public places such as bus stands, railway stations and markets in areas around Krishna Rajendra Market(KR Market) such as Vasant Nagar, Vyalikaval, Sadashivnagar, Maleshwaram, Town circle, Hudson Circle and the adjoining areas, Bangalore Mirror reported.

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Flagging off the sanitisation drive, Mayor M Goutham Kumar said that the civic body’s aim is to contain the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the outbreak of an epidemic in all the 198 wards. “Our personnel will be spraying Sodium hypochlorite solution as a disinfectant to arrest the spread of COVID-19 illness”, Deccan Herald reported. 

The city civic body is taking up the fight on a war footing and is even mulling the use of fire trucks to spray disinfectants across all wards in Benagaluru. The efforts of the civic body are extremely commendable. 

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.

Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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