CMRIT distributes over 100 UV Sanitization boxes
As a part of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), the students, alumni and faculties of CMR Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, developed a UV sanitization chamber for Mom-and-Pop (Kirana) stores, post the COVID-19 lockdown. The main purpose of this being sanitization of currency notes and other house hold articles. The UV sanitization boxes are distributed inChannasandra, Upparapet, Kurubur, Kagathi, and Doddaganjur villages of Chikaballapur District, Karnataka, that are adopted by CMRIT as a part of UBA.
Channasandra is located 40km from Bengaluru on the highway connecting Bengaluru and Chikkaballapura district. Here, thirty UV Sanitization boxes which were reworked on for the needs of the villagers, were distributed to the small businesses. Impressed with the sanitization boxes, which helped them sanitize mobiles, wallets, currency notesetc, the villagers have also requested the college authorities to help them in other ways possible. Doddaganjur is a village located in Chintamani taluk and CMRIT initiative provided them with thirty Sanitization boxes with the hope to help increase the business transactions within the village. With a population of about 2000 people who are mostly dependent on farming, Kurubur village greatly required assistance in the sanitization of currency notes for small businesses and about thirty boxes to small businesses and to the village administrative offices that handle the cash flow within the village. Though initially, the villagers had several apprehensions about the Sanitization boxes, after patient demonstrations from the CMRIT team they found it extremely helpful.
In Upparpet twenty sanitization boxes were provided to small businesses. Surprisingly, most of the small businesses are owned by educated but unemployed youths. These young, educated small business owners have popularised the usage of the sanitization boxes and a routine check showcased that the entire village including the village level administration office has accepted CMRIT UV Sanitization boxes. Situated around 60 km away from Bengaluru, Kagathi has a population of around 1000 people. With a total of 12 provision stores and only 7 small businesses providing and acquainting the villagers was a quicker task. Once the boxes were distributed and the procedure demonstrated the PDO and the villagers were responsive and admired the help that CMRIT has extended.
CMRIT Principal, Dr.Sanjay Jain has advised the CMRIT stakeholders to take more such initiatives for the development of UBA adopted villages and thanked the UBA for financial support and the village administration for their support for distribution of UV santitization boxes to small business of these villages.