A Pune based start-up, Repos Energy is facilitating the service of providing fuels to hospitals with their door-to-door diesel delivery amid the lockdown in the country due to coronavirus.
With the life coming to a standstill and hospitals, government institutions still operating, the door-to-door diesel delivery by the start-up is ensuring the smooth running of these essential services.
Aditi Bhosale-Walunj, co-founder of Repos Energy told The Federal, “We are reaching out to over a dozen major hospitals in Pune including the National Information Centre, a government institution which provides IT support to the government IT services and websites.”
At present, Repos provides service in ten cities in India including electricity boards, hospitals, and government offices in Kolkata, Siliguri, Jamshedpur, Bhilwara, Jhalwar, Kota, Nagpur, Ankleshwar, Jalna and Pune.
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune is one such customer of Repos.
“The rainfall in the city last week resulted in frequent power cuts, that is when the diesel delivery service came to the rescue to run the generators at the hospitals to give uninterrupted power supply,” said Aditi.
Talking about the needs of fuel by the hospitals, Aditi added, “The daily requirement of the hospitals ranges anywhere between 500 liters to 2000 liters depending upon the consumption and requirement. The start-up has been operating for the last three years, however, the demand has scaled up to 15 per cent since the lockdown.”
In Pune, the Repos has two Repos Petrol Pumps (RPPs) under them, which make trips to over 22 major and small hospitals serving them with fuel in the time of crisis.
Pravin Chavan, Executive Campus Maintenance and Security Lab, NCL venture center said, “We have been using their (Repos) service for quite long. Since we have many labs that operate 24×7, we require an uninterrupted supply of electricity constantly.”
“Also, we are designing PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) and N95 mask, Face shield, etc. for the police and doctors in the NCL venture center. Therefore, we have to work tirelessly towards completion of these projects citing the emergency situation in the country,” he added.
NCL incubation center is facilitating the tech manufacture to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. MYLab test kits developed in India is one of their incubation projects, informed Chavan.
Maruti Kesarkar, Maintenance Executive of Sahyadri Hospitals’ chain said that they also avail Repos service. “As of now we haven’t faced any major disruption in supply but this delivery service has really been helpful,” he added.