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Robot that cleans sewers launched

The manhole cleaning robot ‘Bandicoot 2.0’ was launched at the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited’s premises in Irugur on Tuesday.

The manhole cleaning robot ‘Bandicoot 2.0’ was launched at the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited’s premises in Irugur on Tuesday.  

Built at ₹ 32 lakh, Bandicoot 2.0 is sponsored by HPCL as part of its CSR initiative

The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and robotics company Genrobotics unveiled a manhole cleaning robot at Irugur near here on Tuesday.

Jagdish Hiremani, member of the Central government body National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), launched the robot that was named ‘Bandicoot 2.0’. District Revenue Officer T. Ramadurai Murugan, and State general secretary of BJP Vanathi Srinivasan took part in the event.

S. Selvakumar, member of the State-level Adi-Dravidar Welfare Committee, spoke on the need for such robot at the event. He told The Hindu that 172 people across Tamil Nadu, including 19 persons in Coimbatore, have died due to manual scavenging in the last 10 years. “It is the duty of the State government to create more awareness,” he said.

Built at a cost of ₹ 32 lakh, Bandicoot 2.0 was presented by HPCL as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, Mr. Selvakumar said. “If more companies come forward to fund the robots, many lives could be saved,” he said.

The first version of this robot was launched in Kumbakonam, following which the upgraded version was launched in Coimbatore, Mr. Selvakumar said.

Addressing the mediapersons in Hindi, Mr. Hiremani said there were a total of 1.5 crore sanitary workers in the country and that NCSK was working towards providing them with “good education and health.”

Mr. Hiremani urged the Coimbatore Corporation to utilise the robot to end deaths due to manual scavenging.

Co-founder of Genrobotics Rashid bin Abdulla, HPCL general manager K. Loganathan, and HPCL chief general manager Sandeep Maheshwari spoke at the event.

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