The Kerala government will soon be utilising the services of robots to clean the sewer holes in the state.The robots have been developed by a startup company called Genrobotics. The robot, equipped with Wifi, Bluetooth and control panels has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers. An agreement has already been signed between the Kerala Water Innovation Zone under the KWA and Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) for the transfer of technology.
1. The robots have been developed by a nine-member group comprising youngsters from varying engineering streams.
2. The services of the robot will be initially utilised in Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram, which has over 5,000 manholes.
3. The team took 7-8 months to design the semi-automatic robot.
4. The makers did not face any problem to manoeuvre its way to different types of manholes.
5. During the trials, nearly 30 kg of garbage was pulled out by the robot.
6. The youngsters gave up their steady jobs to find a solution to end manual scavenging in an effort to bring in some resemblance of dignity to the lives of those, who put in endless effort to clean the sewers for a meager amount ranging between Rs 300- 500.
7. Their plan is to train the existing workers to operate the robot, which is as easy to operate as a remote-controlled toy car.
8. All the commands in the user interface are English, they can be converted to any local language for easy understanding.
9. The robots will start their operations by cleaning the sewer holes in the city on March 2, 2018, during a state festival Attukal Pongala.