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Bengaluru becomes the nation’s PPE production hub

The Union Textiles Ministry told reporters that the production capacity of personal protective equipment (PPE) coveralls has been ramped up to more than 1 lakh per day, with nearly half the production happening in Bengaluru. In total, one million coverall units have been produced so far. Approved production units in Tirupur, Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Ahmedabad and Vadodara in Gujarat, Phagwara and Ludhiana in Punjab, Kusumnagar and Bhiwandi in Maharashtra, Dungarpur in Rajasthan, Kolkata, Delhi, Noida, Gurugram are also manufacturing PPE coveralls.

It clarified that the production is in line with the stringent technical requirements, as prescribed by health ministry. “With a view to further streamline the process of testing and to ensure that the quality of the PPE Coveralls is maintained, the testing laboratory will now accept the sample for testing only on submission of an affidavit in the prescribed format by the organization intending to get their PPE Coverall sample tested in the approved laboratories,” it added. Health & Family Welfare Ministry has appointed HLL Lifecare Limited as the single-window procurement agency for the hospitals and healthcare organisations.

Four laboratories in India have the Synthetic Blood Penetration Resistance Test facilities and the necessary approvals for conducting tests and certification for PPE required for Covid-19: South India Textiles Research Association (SITRA), Coimbatore, Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, and two laboratories under Ordnance Factory Board – Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi and Small Arms Factory, Kanpur.