Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Thursday installed and operationalised the first decontamination tunnel at Chest Disease (CD) Hospital here.
The tunnel was installed at the entry of the hospital, a designated COVID19 Center. The tunnel, equipped with a technology to spray chemicals, decontaminates every person who goes through it.
Srinagar Mayor Junaid Matoo said around 200 such more tunnels, designed by the SMC engineers, would be installed at hospitals, public places and bank branches in coming days.
“We have intensified our fight against COVID19. Installation of this tunnel is one of major efforts in this direction,” he said.
The Mayor lauded the team of SMC engineers for designing the tunnel. He said Italian made four boom spray machine have also been pressed into service, having capacity to disinfect 50 meter in radius within seconds.
Matoo said the SMC was putting all its efforts in the fight against COVID19. “We have sufficient stock of chemicals for next three months,” he said.
Dr Naveed Nazir Shah, Head of Department CD Hospital said the tunnel was going to be helpful.
SMC media in charge, Masrat said the Corporation has taken other measures as well to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
“SMC is sanitizing and sterilizing public places, quarantines homes, hospitals and red zone areas with a special recommended chemical Quaternary Ammonium Chloride,” she said.
She said in the past two weeks, the SMC has used 2.5 lakh liters chemical water for disinfecting more than 60,000 locations in Srinagar.