In an attempt to modernise and do away with human labour in scavenging of sewers and septic tanks, Delhi government may look to introduce robots for the job.

The Delhi Government will partner up with experts from IIT, DTU and Delhi Municipal Council to take this plan further and if this works out, it’ll be legen-waitforit-dary!

Why use robots?

The task of scavenging through sewers and septic tanks has for a long time involved manual labour. With the robots, the aim is to make the labours fit onto other lines of work and also this will be a substantial usage of available advanced technology.

Additionally, the activity is something of an inhumane task and Delhi Government aims to do away with it. The robots will undoubtedly make the job easier and less time consuming for sure.

Where did the idea come from?

Similar robots have already been put to use in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh which is where the Delhi Government has taken inspiration from.

The robots go by the name ‘Bandicoot’ and require only one person to control it while standing on the sidelines. The robots have a 360 degree camera that allows the operator to see on all sides and using the attached robotic arm and a bucket, the waste can be picked up and then dealt with.

Bandicoot Robot with the creators

Delhi Government approached the authorities of the states to lend them one of the 80 robots to see how the move would pan out. However, experts declared that the machine was not fit to be used in a city such as Delhi. They concluded that for Delhi, a separate robot would have to be built to get the job done.

As of now, there is no expected date as to when the robots will start working in Delhi but on the whole, it is a move that points towards a growing, more technologically friendly city.

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