CHANDIGARH:IIT Ropar team has created a trunk-shape device fitted with ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology that can sanitise items, groceries and even currency notes making them coronavirus-free,
The device, which comes a blessing during the covid-19 pandemic, will be available at the cost of only Rs 500 and will require around 30 minutes to sanitise the items that are put inside.
Union HRD Minister for Communications and Electronics & IT Sanjay Dhotre took to twitter to congratulate the institution and informed about the development.
It should be noted that the sanitisation of the items is extremely important given that the infection-causing droplets can stay for a long time on the skins of vegetables, paper and plastic.
The IIT Ropar team has also advised a cooling period of 10 minutes (after the main 30 minutes) before any of the items inside are taken out and used.
Naresh Rakha, Senior Scientific Officer at IIT Ropar said, “Right now there are many who wash vegetables with warm water before using but the same cannot be done with currency notes or wallets. So we have developed a common sanitising solution for everything.”
He further added, “The device is based on ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology used in water purifiers. We strongly advise not to look directly at the light inside the trunk as it can be harmful.”