330 drones from Garuda Aerospace being used to sanitize hotspots!
Coronavirus has brought the whole world under lockdown. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had too announced a 21 day lockdown in the country. Many cities in India have been severely hit by the pandemic among which Mumbai had crossed the infected toll for more than 300. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in the country, by coronavirus outbreak. More like an epicenter of India. The state has reported six deaths and over 300 COVID-19 confirmed cases as of now. The total number of coronavirus cases in India has jumped to more than 1800 with around 37 deaths.
Where on one hand people like us has the privilege to be self isolated, many people out there are risking their lives for us. Such includes hospital staff, doctors, media persons, cleaners and sanitation workers or even delivery executives. While many hospitals are now using robotics to replace medical staff, being a tech freak still seems to be a dream for India. But what if we were to tell you that a new startup of Tamil Nadu is providing 330 drones to sanitize hospitals in the state, would you believe it? Agree or not, India has produced some of the most finest brains so far, thus having this news all around doesn’t seem much surprising and their effort in fighting against covid-19 is nothing less than incredible. A Chennai-based engineer-entrepreneur Agnishwar Jayaprakash startup is using around 330 drones to sanitize areas by spraying disinfectants. This is their story.
Agnishwar Jayaprakash serving India at the best!
Agnishwar Jayaprakash is the President of Garuda Aerospace, a drone startup in Chennai started back in 2015. His drones are currently working to disinfect the premises of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and the Kilpauk Medical College located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. These 330 drones will sanitize the premises at every 4 hours among 6 AM to six PM with marking a linear distance of around 20 KM. Garuda Aerospace approached Vimal Raj Venkatesar, an Aeronautical Engineer for his help in the project.
“Today, the most important job is to contain the epidemic. Through our activities, we are not only efficiently trying to disinfect the infection hotspots, but also trying to limit the exposure of the sanitation workers because we possess the technology to execute it.” Says Agnishwar Jayaprakash, in a report by The Better India.
Once Agnishwar Jayaparakash discussed the idea with Vimal Raj Venkatesar, the very same day they tested the feasibility of the proposal. They tested it on the premises of the Directorate of Medical Sciences (DMS) where the Minister for Health and Family Welfare Department, Dr C Vijaya Baskar, was also present. At the very next day the duo got the approval from Rajiv Gandhi Government hospital to spray the disinfectants and later by the KMC. They are also asked to sanitize the area of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. According to Agnishwar Jayaprakash, the employees of TNEB are doing their job without thinking about their lives, so they will try their best to minimize the exposure of the virus to such people. They will cover the parking lot and the common assembly areas along with other important premises during their sanitization activity.
The 330 drones that have been deployed to sanitize these hotspots, 300 of them have a capability of carrying 10 litres even as the other 30 deliver one litre of disinfectants like Lizol and Sodium Hypochlorite. Most of these drones are not owned by Agnishwar Jayaprakash but have been aggregated from others. They are paying them for the usage and are also ensuring that their drones are handled safely. The team also has 450 volunteer pilots who are manually operating these drones. The duo is further planning to scale the project in 30 big government hospitals in the state and all across Tamil Nadu.
Just along with their COVID-19 disinfection project, the duo is receiving calls for their service has come from a long way and wide. Vimal Raj Venkatesar mentions that the governments of Chhattisgarh, Kerala, UP, and Assam have gotten in contact with them. This is really a tremendous initiative taken by both, the Garuda Aerospace along with Vimal in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The team of The Indianness congratulates them for their service and wishes them luck for the future. Such inspiring brains are exactly what bring out the true Indianness within us! #IndiaFightsCoronavirus