Robot to clean manholes in Kochi, official launch on Tuesday
Kochi: Giving a solution to the clogged sewage system in Kochi, robots will be used to clean the manholes. The authority has decided to use robots for sewage cleaning as workers are no more available for this work.
Officially launching the robots in the pilot phase, the manhole on Ernakulam TD road near the convent, will be cleaned on Tuesday.
The sewage system in Kochi is managed by the water authority, which has decided to experiment with the manhole cleaning robot.
It was in 2014, the authority last used workers to clean the manholes in Kochi. Two workers had choked to death inside the manhole during the work.
Following this, the cleaning of manholes using workers was stopped completely. As the manholes were not cleaned since then, the flow of sewage was interrupted. Observing this, the water authority decided to implement a modern system by replacing the workers.
At the same time, the manhole cleaning robots were successfully used in Thiruvananthapuram city. As a continuation of this project, the authority is experimenting in Kochi.
It is observed that 70 percent of the waste in the manholes include plastics, masks, gloves, syringes and medicine bottles.
Genrobotics, a start-up firm, is monitoring the works by using the robot.