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Teenager in Pune makes sanitiser kit for sterlising groceries, gets patent

The boy plans to make a thousand more such boxes and distribute them to the needy.

A 14-year-old from Chinchwad has Elon Musk as his role model, and wants to do a number of things. Aditya Pachpande, a ninth standard student of Indus International School, designed a Suraksha kit, which has received a patent for its application of UV-C rays in protecting against the coronavirus.

The boy has now received a letter from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, saying that the product, a sanitiser box, can be recommended for sterilisation purpose.

Aditya said that the box solves one of the biggest problems that households have to tackle- of disinfecting vegetables. He told The Indian Express, “This idea came up during the pandemic, as to how to sterilise vegetables. I did my own research using aluminium and how it can be used in a controlled environment, using potassium permanganate and exposing to sunlight and eventually came up with the sanitiser box.”

He plans to make a thousand more such boxes and distribute them to the poor and the needy, once the evaluation report from CSIR- CMERI comes.

In Pune, out of almost three lakh corona patients, 2, 32,370 have recovered, 5,858 have died and 57,460 are currently active. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation reported 603 new cases, taking the total number of cases to 76,036 and ten deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,060.

Pune rural reported 953 fresh cases taking the total Covid cases to 62,870. Same number of deaths as recorded by PCMC took the toll to 1,245, according to Maharashtra health department.

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