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Sulabh unveils sewer cleaning machine to prevent deaths of Safai workers

On the occasion of World Toilet Day, an indigenously developed and ultramodern “Sewer cleaning machine vehicle” to check the deaths of workers in sewers was unveiled for the first time in India by BJP President, Delhi State, Shri Manoj Tiwari in the presence of Mayors of all three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, and Sulabh Founder Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.

The advanced sewer cleaning vehicle was launched by sanitation pioneer Sulabh International which will provide services to clean manholes in coming days. This will help to reduce the cases of human casualties inside manholes in Delhi.

“These days we often hear the tragic news about many sewer workers losing their lives while working inside the sewer. This is a matter of grave concern for all of us, and thus Sulabh International decided to organize the World Toilet Day on the theme of “Safety Measures for Cleaning Sewers to Prevent Deaths of Sewer Workers”, observed Sulabh International Founder Dr. Pathak.

“We have procured a unique equipment to ensure cleaning of manholes and deep sewers without human loss in near future,” he said.

Various experts in the field deliberated on the matter and gave their useful suggestions on how to prevent deaths while cleaning sewers. The experts suggested safety measures to be taken and the equipment required to undertake this work will be discussed in an open-ended way so that a viable solution can emerge.

Dr. Pathak said that the new machine is ideal for periodic mechanical desilting of manholes and to flush out sewer lines using the powerful jetting pump capable of producing 150 bar operating pressure and a flow of 150 litres per minute. It is also capable of de-choking sewer line using especially designed flexible steel rods.

The new machine can ensure that no Safai Karamcharis have to ever enter the sewer line risking their life and dignity and violating the Manual Scavenging Act.

Sulabh Founder said that In India, thousands of sewer cleaners (manual scavengers called Safai Karamcharis), are engaged in handling the human waste manually, clearing chocked drains with minimum equipment and gathering human waste from railway platforms. Even today, generation after generation is compelled to do this work of manual scavenging. Nearly a century after Mahatma Gandhi called for the abolition of manual scavenging, the degrading practice continues.

According to various sources, during the last three years, there have been over 1,300 deaths of Safai Karamcharis while entering sewer lines. It is high time this tragedy is averted.

This new Sulabh Sewer Cleaning Machine is vehicle mounted, electro-hydraulically operated, Sewer Jetting cum Rodding cum Mechanical manhole desilting machine along with Personal Protective Devices and Sewer Quick View Pipe Inspection Camera.

The quick view pipe view camera is designed to facilitate inspection of manholes, sewer, tunnels, tanks, mainline and other lateral pipelines facilities. This Sewer Quick View features an outstanding zoom function (industrial HD camera), a scalable carbon fiber rods and a sunlight presentable controller (8.4″monitor). The detection results, including video, image and auto-generated report, will be sent to operating panel by wireless communication. Outstanding iP68 protection ability enables it to keep working under 10 meters water. The camera sensor features 36*optical zooming function, capable to capture pipe details from a distance up to 100m. The camera body tilts automatically up 20° and down 90°.


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