‘Bandicoot’, a sewage cleaning robot, has commenced its job to clean sewers in Coimbatore.
Corporation Commissioner J Sravan Kumar monitored the functioning of the robot, which when stationed on a manhole had let its extended arm into the drainage to clear the sewers.
“The UGDs in Coimbatore have a maximum depth of 26 feet, while the robot can be used to clear blocks even at a depth of 30 feet. The cleaning operations can be controlled manually by viewing the monitor of the robot,” said a Corporation official.
The robot is likely to end manual scavenging and would be of immense help as UGD lines have been laid for about 500 km in Coimbatore. After Kumbakonam and Tuticorin, the Coimbatore Corporation has become the third civic body in Tamil Nadu to use the robot to clean sewers.
The Bandicoot, purchased by a private firm, has been handed over to the Corporation for cleaning operations. Trained professionals were also engaged to operate the robot.
The use of a robot comes as a big initiative towards ending death of manual scavengers as in June, three persons died of asphyxiation when they got into a sewer tank in a pig farm in Coimbatore to clean.