The Thai public demanded clarification regarding the benefits and quality of the UV-C light disinfection robots after the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) splashed 96.3 million baht on the equipment. Many have claimed that they have yet to witness the costly robots in operation despite the SRT’s purchase of them.
According to a report from the Public Relations Department of the SRT, the UV-C light disinfection robots are frequently used, but primarily during the night when train stations are unoccupied, due to the potential harm the intense UV-C light could cause to humans.
Furthermore, the department emphasized that the purchasing process was conducted with complete transparency and that no corruption was involved. The decision to procure the robots was made in 2021 during the height of the pandemic, as both officers and passengers needed protection while avoiding travel.