Bhubaneswar: Amid rising fears of Covid-19 community transmission, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has produced a total 24,314 masks and 430 litres of alcohol-based sanitiser to assist in fight against novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The ECoR has used its workshops, sheds and depots to produce masks and sanitisers.
All three divisions of ECoR – Khurda Road, Waltair and Sambalpur – are utilising their resources to produce masks and sanitisers. Till now Khurda Road division has produced 700 masks at Coaching depots Bhubaneswar and Puri. Electric Loco Shed at Angul has produced 50 litres of alcohol based sanitizer.
Waltair division has manufactured around 20,000 masks utilising its own resources. Also 300 litres of sanitizer has been prepared at Diesel Loco shed, Vishakhapatnam.
In Sambalpur division, a total of 2414 masks have been prepared with the joint efforts of Engineering, Commercial and Mechanical departments. Also 10 litres of sanitizer has been prepared at coaching depo Sambalpur.
Mancheswar Workshop has produced 1200 masks and 70 litres 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.
The sanitizer is being prepared as per the standard formula of World Health Organisation (WHO). It consists of Iso propyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerine and distilled water. These masks and sanitizers are being supplied to railway employees who have to attend duties.