In a positive development, the Indian Railways has developed a low-cost ventilator 'Jeevan' at its Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory (RCF), the prototype of which is now awaiting the final clearance from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Economic Times.
Upon clearance from ICMR, the prototype would be set to undergo mass production. As per Kapurthala RCF's general manager Ravinder Gupta, upon clearance, given the access to all needed materials, the RCF will be able to produce 100 such devices every day.
Gupta further said that the low-cost ventilator will only cost around Rs 10,000 without the compressor, and will add might to the nation's might in the fight to save lives as Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread in different parts of India. It should be noted that the cost of RCF built ventilator is likely to be a fraction of what regular ventilators cost.
The RCF has built the ventilator from materials which were already available in the factory. The portable compressor has been made from an air cooling machine, the body from coach components, the argon flow has been taken from a laser welding machine, while the microprocessor has been taken from the coach information system.