CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur designs disinfection walkway and road sanitizer unit to combat COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the world, CSIR-CMERI has developed technologies and products, which can help in countering the menacing virus.

CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur designs disinfection walkway and road sanitizer unit to combat COVID-19
Tractor Mounted Road and Disinfection Walkway

Durgapur based Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) has designed two variants of the disinfection walkway and a tractor-mounted road sanitizer unit. CMERI, Durgapur is a premier engineering lab of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).


The disinfection walkway can be considered to be one of the most comprehensive disinfectant delivery systems available. The walkway ensures maximum target coverage with minimum shadow area of an individual. The disinfection walkways can be deployed at multiple critical locations such as isolation/quarantine facilities, mass transit system entry points, medical centres and any other location with a considerable amount of footfall.

Two variants of the disinfection walkway developed by CSIR-CMERI are: pneumatic variant disinfection walkway, and hydraulic variant disinfection walkway.

Pneumatic variant disinfection walkway deploys six-bar pressure air compressor whereas hydraulic variant disinfection walkway deploys 1 hp pressurised motor high velocity pump with necessary set up nozzles to ensure optimum mist formation.

National Science Centre, Delhi, Durgapur Municipal Corporation, and Ishwar Chandra High School, Durgapur have expressed interest in installing the Disinfectant Walkway, a statement issued by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India said.

The CSIR-CMERI tractor-mounted road sanitizing system can be effectively deployed in long stretches of highways, vicinity of toll plazas etc, where there is a massive volume of traffic and higher chances of infection spreading. It can also be deployed in housing complexes, office complexes, sports arenas, apartment buildings etc.

Asansol Municipal Corporation after inspection of the unit has placed an order for four such systems, of which one has already been delivered. Durgapur Municipal Corporation and some MSMEs and small business clusters have also expressed interest for the unit, the DST said.