Vivek Kohli, a sports goods manufacturer, recently got calls from his doctor friends in Meerut. They weren’t seeking table tennis equipment, which his company Stag International specialises in. Instead, the doctors requested Kohli to manufacture gowns, masks, face shields, and shoes for them.
Days later, Meerut commissioner Anita Meshram reached out to Kohli and other sports goods manufacturers in the city, asking if they could help meet the increasing demand for Personal Protective Equipment for frontline workers battling the coronavirus outbreak. Soon, another producer, VATS Sports began production of PPEs with 40 percent of its workforce to ensure that social distancing norms were followed.