KWA To Use Robots To Clean Its Sewers Ahead of Attukal Pongala!

KWA To Use Robots To Clean Its Sewers Ahead of Attukal Pongala!
KWA To Use Robots To Clean Its Sewers Ahead of Attukal Pongala!

Once installed atop a clogged sewage line, a wire carrying camera goes inside the hole and beams pictures of the problem on the screen atop.

Kerala Water Authority is going hi-tech when it comes to cleaning their sewers.  KWA will use an autonomous robot which can enter sewers and clean them.

Recently, KWA launched its innovation zone KWIZ and there KWA got a proposal from a start-up firm which developed the prototype of a robot which can clean sewers. The move came when managing director of Kerala water authority received an image from the office of chief minister and water resources minister featuring a man in a manhole in neck-deep sewage, asking whether KWA could do something to solve the issue.

The robot which is still a prototype is most likely to be used at the time of Attukal Pongala. The KWA routinely cleans sewers ahead of pongala and after the festival. If the pilot project proves to be successful they will be deployed regularly.

The robot is called Bandicoot which looks like a Spider with many arms. It has been developed by Genrobotics – under the Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM). The robot weighs 80kg but the main operating part that goes into the hole weighs only 30 kg.

Once installed atop a clogged sewage line, a wire carrying camera goes inside the hole and beams pictures of the problem on the screen atop.

After gauging the problem, the robot dismantles itself from the main machine and goes into the hole taking tools such as a shovel or a jet pipe, depending on the magnitude of the problem, and cleans the system.

Apart from sewer lines, the robots can also be pressed into service for other underwater activities.

Genrobotics is based in Technopark and has approached KWA with their prototype robot. KWA will support the startup in developing the robot further.

Manual scavenging is a caste-based occupation mainly involving cleaning septic tanks, sewers and gutters. Despite legal bans, the dehumanising practice continues in the country which is often being called India’s shame.

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