As the coronavirus cases rise in India, maintaining a proper hygiene to protect yourself is of utmost importance. In an effort to implement the same, the Tirupur district administration in Tamil Nadu has come up with a disinfection tunnel at Thennampalayam market to sanitise people who visit the place. Also Read - Coronavirus: 50 People From Tamil Nadu Who Attended Nizamuddin Gathering Test Positive | Highlights

As a part of COVID-19 preventive measures taken by the district administration, people who come to this market are asked to wash their hands and pass through the tunnel where a disinfectant solution (a mixture of chlorhexidine and cetrimide) is sprayed on them. Also Read - Coronavirus: Tamil Nadu Man, in Home Quarantine, Bites Elderly Woman to Death

This innovative tunnel was inaugurated by Tiruppur District Collector K. Vijayakarthikeyan, who shared the video on Twitter and wrote, ”We have set up a first of it’s kind #disinfection tunnel in Thennampalayam market in #Tiruppur where people will have to walk through the disinfection tunnel for 3-5secs after handwash,before entering the market ! Thanks to #YI #CII #TiruppurCoronaFighters for support !

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However, Vijayakarthikeyan said that the tunnel will only supplement the existing measures like washing hands, wearing masks and is not a substitute for them.

D Venkatesh, who owns a water treatment company in Tirupur, was the one who came up with the idea of tunnel. Late the tunnel was set up by the District Administration in collaboration with Young Indians, the youth wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Venkatesh told The New Indian Express, ”Last Sunday, there was huge crowd at Thennampalayam market in Tirupur (South). Most people did not follow social distancing at the market. The police personnel were unable handle such a huge crowd. This caught my attention as well and I decided to resolve the issue with the use of technology. It is at that moment, the idea of creating a disinfectant spraying tunnel similar to the ones installed in Europe came to my mind.”

The tunnel was built at a cost of around Rs 90,000 and with a capacity of 1,000 litres, it will work uninterrupted for 16 hours.