Northern Railways using robots, UVC technology to sanitise coaches

Northern Railways is now using robots and UVC technology to sanitize and sanitize coaches to keep passengers safe amid the coronavius pandemic outbreak, it said in a statement on Friday.

The UVC technology will be used for the first time since July 2021 in the Indian Railways division in Delhi in the Lucknow-Shatabdi Special, it said.

“In order to make passenger safety a priority during the Covid times, Northern Railways introduced revolutionary UVC technology on trains after rigorous tests and attempts to disinfect the passenger cars,” said Ashutosh Gangal, General Manager of Northern Railways.

“With this machine with remote control, a complete train is automatically disinfected. This method can even cover gaps between surfaces that cannot be reached with other existing methods, ”he said.

The official noted that the UVC technology is completely safe and easy to use as there is no human involved during the actual process.

Moving the machine on the clothesline is very easy. The feedback from passengers has been very positive for this initiative, ”added Gangal.

The technology uses a robotic device with autonomous wings equipped with UVC lights to 100 percent disinfect the compartment area.

For the safety of the operator and the environment, the device is operated using a radio remote control.

“It’s worth noting that this technology not only destroys the core of the coronavirus and can no longer replicate it, but it is also a green solution for that purpose. Laboratory tests were carried out regularly after disinfection by state-certified laboratories and showed 99.99 percent fewer bacteria, viruses and germs, “said a statement from Northern Railways (NR).

This technology is approved and tested by the Indian Council of Medical Research, CSIO and Tanuvas Study Center of the Government of India and has been used by Air India Express for cabin disinfection and by hospitals for several decades.