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BMC to use robotic camera to examine railways’ desilting work

Every year, the BMC funds desilting and cleaning of the drains under the railway tracks and those that fall under the railway authorities.

mumbai Updated: Dec 14, 2017 22:22 IST
Sagar Pillai
Sagar Pillai
Hindustan Times
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Every year, the BMC funds desilting and cleaning of the drains under the railway tracks and those that fall under the railway authorities.(FILE)

In a pilot project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started to use a robotic camera to examine de-silting of drains being carried out by railway authorities.

Every year, the BMC funds desilting and cleaning of the drains under the railway tracks and those that fall under the railway authorities. The robotic camera is being sent in the manholes to capture the status of the drains and determine obstacles stuck in them. The cameras travel inside the drains on remote control mode and the visuals of the manholes are closely monitored. The BMC will keep photos of the insides of the drains as records.

As it is a pilot project, the BMC has procured a single camera and once successful, it will implement it on a bigger scale. The pilot project has started in some drains near Bandra railway station.

A senior civic official said that earlier officials from the BMC and railway carried out a joint inspection of these drains before the monsoon. “It was tough to ascertain the status by just looking at a manhole. The camera displays all details needed to inspect the condition of the drains. We can easily track progress of the desilting work done by the railways,” he said.

In case of waterlogging during the monsoon, the BMC and railways pass the buck every year. Corporators have on several occasions pointed out the shoddy work done by the railways, whenever waterlogging on railway tracks lead to delays and cancellations of trains.

V Khandkar, chief engineer, solid waste management of BMC told HT, “We are mapping the entire drain network and will create more manholes if required. Gradually, we will use this technique to inspect all other drains.”

In June this year, the BMC demanded audit reports of funds given to the railways for de-silting of drainage nullahs on land owned by them. Now the railways will not only submit the expenditure report about funds spent on drain cleaning and their desilting, but their work will also be thoroughly cross-examined by the BMC.

First Published: Dec 14, 2017 22:22 IST