Aspiring to keep the city clean and rate high on the Swachhta Index, the Ujjain District Administation has collaborated with Genrobotics to introduce Bandicoot, the world’s first robotic scavenger to clean the manholes. This will not only make the sewage management easier, but also not require human intervention for the work.
According to official information, Genrobotics, a robotics company specialising in sewer and manhole cleaning, has revolutionised the process of manhole cleaning via advanced robotic technology. Bandicoot has made the city's manhole cleaning process fully automated, providing a safer and more efficient solution to the age-old problem of manhole cleaning.
As per the official data, Ujjain is the fifth-largest city in Madhya Pradesh by population, and has been facing the challenge of cleaning its extensive sewage system for years. Compared to other municipal corporations of MP, Ujjain has a more extensive sewage system of around 15 to 20 thousand manholes.
With the launch of Bandicoot robot, the city's manhole cleaning process will be improved to a great extent. Robotic technology allows for a thorough and faster cleaning process, enabling manholes to be cleaned in minutes compared to hours with traditional manual methods.
The Bandicoot robot can perform all the tasks that a human would do during the cleaning process. Apart from Ujjain, Indore is the cleanest city in India where five Bandicoots are currently operational.
The handover of the Bandicoot robot was done by Mukesh Tatkal, Mayor of Ujjain, in the presence of Kriti Chouhan, SVM Additional Commissioner, Aditya Nagar, Additional Municipal Commissioner Ujjain, PC Yadav Executive Engineer and Vijay Goyal Assistant Engineer.
On the launch, Arun George, Director Genrobotics commented, "We are thrilled to introduce Bandicoot robots to Ujjain, to revolutionise the way manhole cleaning is done. Our innovative technology will not only improve the speed and efficiency of manhole cleaning but also eliminate the risk posed to the lives of sanitation workers involved in this hazardous task.”
Bandicoot with its human-like robotic arms, specially designed bucket system, and its sewerage and waterproof cameras can eliminate the requirements for human entry and offer an effective solution for manhole cleaning problems.