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Robot pressed to destroy landmine fuses

NINE YEARS after the earthquake hit the district and caused immense damage to the Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK), the factory with the help of a robot has commenced the work of destroying boxes containing nearly 30,000 dangerous fuses of landmines kept in damaged buildings.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 14:37 IST

NINE YEARS after the earthquake hit the district and caused immense damage to the Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK), the factory with the help of a robot has commenced the work of destroying boxes containing nearly 30,000 dangerous fuses of landmines kept in damaged buildings.

A team from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is camping in the factory and guiding the robot to pull out the boxes from the buildings and thereafter destroy them in an open area with the help of a remote control.

The work of destroying is likely to be completed in about four months as 376 boxes possibly contain around 80 fuses each
(376x80).

For the last couple of years, the factory management had been pondering over the way to remove and destroy the fuses from the damaged buildings, because the operation was too risky to be carried out manually. Last year, the management contacted the Robot Wing of the BARC, which agreed to develop the robot.

OFK Senior General Manager R A Agrawal couldn’t be contacted as he was out of station. But an officer of the factory preferring anonymity admitted that the work of destroying had commenced from Thursday.

In two days, the factory has destroyed some 60 to 70 fuses.