In an attempt to automate the cleansing process of sewer and halt the deaths of sewer workers in the process in Delhi, the civic authorities have suggested a plan worth a whooping Rs 3,000 crore to the Delhi lieutenant governor (LG). As per the plan, the equipment for an organised cleaning of the sewer will amount to Rs 3,000 crore.
The move has come after death of sewer workers while cleaning them came in August. As many as 10 cleaners have died in the past five weeks while working in sewers. LG Anil Baijal had then issued directives to ensure 100 per cent automation of sewer cleaning.
The civic agencies have proposed to get 90 super-suction machines, 20 suction-cum-jetting machines and 20 suction machines and other equipment. The tendering process will start as soon as the proposal is approved.
Abiding a TOI report, senior engineering department officials say that the main issue lies with the narrower sewers and drains that cannot be cleaned by bigger machines. The initial proposal was to use modified machines. He said that nearly four three-wheeler-mounted, smaller sewer-manhole machines were hired to test how useful they were in mechanising the cleaning process.
As per a TOI report, the agency plans to provide over 200 suction machines and move to 100% mechanised cleaning in the next one year.