BMC to deploy robots to clean manholes

Bharat Petroleum Corporation’s Mumbai Refinery has provided two robots to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in an attempt to avoid manual scavenging in the gutters

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It seems like the municipal corporations are looking at ending the practice of manual scavenging. Bharat Petroleum Corporation’s (BPCL) Mumbai Refinery recently gifted two robotic manhole cleaning machines to Mumbai's municipal corporation. BPCL has embarked upon a project to energize the lives of manhole cleaners of MCGM M-West Ward by providing two manhole cleaning machines.

The project under the Corporate Social Responsibility umbrella was executed with the support of Dr. Prithviraj C. Chauhan, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, M-West Ward, MCGM and M/s. Genrobotic  Innovations Pvt. Ltd, a leading robotic start-up funded under the BPCL start-up scheme.

The two robotic machines were handed by Shri C. J. Iyer, Executive Director Incharge, Mumbai Refinery to Dr. Prithviraj C. Chauhan, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, M-West Ward, MCGM on November 21.

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Along with the robots, the project also consists of skilling of the MCGM M-West Ward manhole cleaners to use the robots through training and a medical camp and awareness session for them.

The addition of robots will help in reducing health hazards for manhole cleaners. The cleaners are engaged in handling all types of waste on a day-to-day basis across the value chain which includes cleaning man-holes, sewer networks, etc.

A similar exercise has also been undertaken by City Corporation in Coimbatore. The robot that Coimbatore municipal corporation has deployed can go up to 20-feet deep inside the drainage and can even detect any poisonous gas inside the manhole.

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