Kerala to become first State to use robotics tech extensively for manhole cleaning

Tags: State News

The Kerala government on 24 February launched robotic scavenger, Bandicoot, to clean sewages in temple town of Guruvayur, becoming the first state in the country to use robotic technology to clean all its commissioned manholes.

An overview of the news

  • Water Resources Minister Roshi Augustine launched Bandicoot under Guruvayur sewerage project in Thrissur district by Kerala Water Authority.

  • Now Kerala has become the first state in the country to have robotic scavengers to clean manholes.

  • The robotic TRON unit, a key component of the Bandicoot, enters the manhole and removes sewage using robotic hands that resemble human limbs.

  • The machine has waterproof, HD vision cameras and sensors that can detect harmful gases inside.

  • Bandicoot, developed by Kerala-based Genrobotics, recently won the 'Kerala Pride' award at the Huddle Global 2022 Conclave organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM).

  • Bandicoot will clean all existing sewerage and drains in Kerala.

  • Bandicoot robots are currently deployed in some cities across 17 states and three union territories of India.

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