The Kerala government will soon be utilising the services of robots to clean the sewer holes in the state.The robots have been developed by a startup company called Genrobotics.
The project is supported by Kerala Water Authority (KWA), which has joined hands with Kerala start-up mission to transform new ideas into practical technologies for addressing issues relating to pipe leakage and sanitation.
An agreement has already been signed between the Kerala Water Innovation Zone under the KWA and Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) for the transfer of technology.
• Named 'Bandicoot', the robots are equipped with Wi-Fi, blue tooth and control panels.
• They have four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers.
• The services of the robot will be initially utilised in Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram, which has over 5,000 manholes.
• The robotic system is aimed at the complete elimination of manual scavenging.
• The trial runs of the robots were conducted successfully in the state capital. They will be launched next week.
About the Project
• The robots have been developed by a nine-member group comprising youngsters from varying engineering streams.
• The youngsters gave up their steady jobs to find a solution to end manual scavenging in an effort to bring in some resemblance of dignity to the lives of those, who put in endless effort to clean the sewers for a meager amount ranging between Rs 300- 500.
• The team took 7-8 months to design the semi-automatic robot.
• During the trials, nearly 30 kg of garbage was pulled out by the robot.
• Within an hour, the robot could clean four manholes on the first day itself with ease.
• The makers did not face any problem to manoeuvre its way to different types of manholes.
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