Mumbai Naval Dockyard develops UV sanitisation bay to decontaminate tools, clothes

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on May 29, 2020

The Naval Dockyard (Mumbai) has manufactured an ultraviolet (UV) sanitisation bay, which will be utilized for decontamination of tools, clothes and other items, which will help in controlling the spread of the coronavirus. This bay is set up at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, which is a part of the Western Naval Command said a press statement by PIB (Defence Wing).

The UV facility is placed at the entry and exit points where it will help in mitigating Covid-19 transmission. The challenging task required ingenuity to convert a large common room into a UV bay by fabrication of aluminium sheets with electrical arrangements for UV lighting, the statement said.

The facility utilises UV light source for germicidal Irradiation. Studies by reputed research agencies have proven the effect of UV light on respiratory pathogens like SARS and Influenza.

A similar facility has also been set up at the naval station in Karanja, near Mumbai where in addition to the UV sterilizer, an industrial oven has also been placed to heat up smaller sized items to 60 degree Celsius, a temperature known to kill most microbes, the statement added.

Published on May 29, 2020

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