Foot-operated handwashing kiosks installed in grain markets

Foot-operated handwashing kiosks installed in grain markets

Visitors use a foot-operated handwash kiosk installed at a grain market in Ludhiana. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5

In a preventive measure for the safety of farmers, labourers and buyers, the district administration has installed special foot-operated handwashing kiosks in the grain markets to the spread of Covid during the ensuing wheat procurement season in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the wheat procurement would begin from April 10. All efforts are being made to keep the grain markets free from Covid.

He said the kiosks were being installed in all the yards of the 13 market committees across the district. These have two separate pedals attached with them to dispense liquid handwash and water separately.

He said in the wake of the present situation, it was mandatory to practice handwashing regularly to prevent the further spread of Covid and these kiosks would facilitate the farmers, labourers, commission agents, and others to adhere to the protocol.

The DC said there were two pedals attached to each kiosk, one for dispensing water and the other for handwash.

He said the kiosks would also help to save water as the machine will dispense water as long as the pedal was pressed by the user.

Deputy District Mandi Officer Bir Inder Singh Sidhu said these kiosks were being installed in all principal and sub-yards of the district. He said the teams of Mandi Board have been ensuring that the farmers, labourers, and others in the mandis wash their hands frequently.

He said the mandi secretaries and supervisors have been directed to ensure there would not be any shortage of water and handwash in the kiosks.

He added that the teams of the Mandi Board would also ensure all farmers, labourers, and others wear masks and maintain social distancing to prevent the further spread of Covid during the procurement season.

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