East Coast Railway produces Masks & Sanitizers To Assist Govt In Fight Against COVID-19

All three divisions of East Coast Railway namely Khurda Road, Waltair and Sambalpur are utilizing their resources to produce masks and sanitizers.

  • 4th Apr 2020

The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has taken up the challenge on various fronts in an all-out fight against COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. On the one side, it is ensuring a supply of essential commodities like coal for the powerhouses, food grains for the public distribution system, petrol, diesel, and other petroleum products for the transportation sector and at the other front, it is converting its coaches to serve as quarantine/isolation facilities.

Presently the ECoR has thought of original thought. Surveying the expanded prerequisite of covers and sanitizers during this episode of coronavirus, ECoR has chosen to utilize its workshops, sheds and stations to create covers and sanitizers, nearby different works, to help the Union government in the battle against COVID-19.

All three divisions of East Coast Railway namely Khurda Road, Waltair and Sambalpur are utilizing their resources to produce masks and sanitizers.

To date, the Khurda Road division has delivered 700 veils at Coaching stations Bhubaneswar and Puri while the Electric Loco Shed at Angul has created 50 liters of liquor based sanitizer.

Also, the Waltair division has manufactured 20,000 masks utilizing its own resources. Also, 300 liters of sanitizer has been prepared at Diesel Loco shed, Vishakhapatnam.

In the Sambalpur division, 2414 masks have been prepared with the joint efforts of the Engineering, Commercial and Mechanical departments. Besides, 10 liters of sanitizer has been prepared at coaching depo in Sambalpur.

Mancheswar Workshop has produced 1200 masks and 70 liters of alcohol-based sanitizer. It is to mention here that the cost of in house production of alcohol-based sanitizer is almost one-tenth of the market price.

According to the ECoR, the sanitizer is being prepared as per the standard formula of WHO. It consists of Isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerine, and distilled water. These masks and sanitizers are being supplied to railway staff who have to attend duties.

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