Municipal Corporation of Gurugram starts using robot to clean Gurugram’s manholes

Updated on May 01, 2019 03:13 AM IST

The development comes after Hindustan Times carried a photo essay on April 20 about the plight of man who, wearing only a worn-out harness for safety, plunged into manholes to clean it with his bare hands and then borrowed water from a nearby house to clean himself.

Officials said they have bought one machine on a pilot basis and will procure more after the elections.(Sourced)
Officials said they have bought one machine on a pilot basis and will procure more after the elections.(Sourced)
Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has started cleaning manholes with machines, in a bid to eliminate manual cleaning of sewers, said officials on Tuesday.

The development comes after Hindustan Times carried a photo essay on April 20 about the plight of man who, wearing only a worn-out harness for safety, plunged into manholes to clean it with his bare hands and then borrowed water from a nearby house to clean himself.

Since April 22, the 32 lakh robot — Bandicoot 2.0 — has cleaned manholes in wards 5, 13, 18 and 19, which comprise South City 1, Atul Kataria Chowk, Udyog Vihar, Civil Lines, sectors 9, 10, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, 31, 32 and 40.

During a public event in Civil Lines on March 6, Haryana chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar had announced that the MCG would be procuring a robot from a private company in Kerala.

Officials said that the machine was delivered earlier this month and they spent time to understand its operations.

“The robot does not require humans to go inside the manhole for unclogging it. From the surface, the person monitoring the robot has to simply input the commands and the machine lifts the cover of the manhole, enters it with a camera, which provides live footage, and using the extension of its arms, clears the muck with a shovel and empties the same into a container. It helps eliminate the process of manual scavenging entirely,” said Amit Sandilya, executive engineer of the MCG.

MCG officials said that they usually require more than five people for safely cleaning a manhole.

It takes around 30-45 minutes to clean a small manhole and more than an hour for cleaning a large one, said officials.

A small manhole usually carries sewage of a solitary colony or a few colonies, while a larger manhole can have the sewage of an entire residential block.

Sandilya said that in comparison, the spider-shaped machine can unclog small manholes 15 minutes manholes and large ones in 45 minutes.

MCG officials said that the machine has been used extensively by municipal corporations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, following which they decided to procure it on a pilot basis.

Officials said that after the 2019 general elections are completed, they will place an order for more such machines, in order to comprehensively cover the entire city.

There are more than 700 sanitation workers, almost all of them are outsourced, of the MCG who clean manholes across the city.

The issue of manual scavenging came to the forefront after two workers died while cleaning a septic tank of a private company in Narsinghpur on April 15.

Last year in May, a 25-year-old sanitation worker had died in Sector 9 after he had entered the manhole to save two co-workers, who were facing difficulty in breathing.

While the two co-workers he was trying to save survived the incident, the 25-year-old died after getting trapped in loose soil and inhaling toxic gases.

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    Kartik Kumar is a correspondent with the Hindustan Times and has covered beats such as crime, transport, health and consumer courts. Kartik currently covers municipal corporation, Delhi Metro and Rapid Metro.

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