Noida: Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on Friday became one of the few cities in the country to use a robot machine for cleaning of sewer. GNIDA launched a robot machine which was deployed to remove sludge from a semi-chocked line in Delta 2.
The step is in the direction to make the city free from manual scavenging which has its own fallout. Some cities in South India have already started using robot machines for the purpose of cleaning the drains.
The robot machine, used by GNIDA, is equipped with a drone unit. The arm or extraction unit of the machine is launched inside the manhole for cleaning purposes.
The machine is used by an operator who can move the arm with the help of live feed and it can be moved up to the distance of 8 meters.
Chief Executive Officer of GNIDA, Narendra Bhooshan said that labourers and workers will not be required for cleaning the sewer in the city anymore.
“We had taken feedback from officers in Hyderabad where the same machine was being used. It is easy to operate and gives effective results,” Bhooshan was quoted as saying by the TOI.
The cost of the robot machine was Rs 40 lakh. The authority has also released two helpline numbers for taking complaints about sewer overflow. The helpline numbers are – 859810523 and 859814470.