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New Delhi : Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) on October 29, 2021, demonstrated the CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, developed indigenous Mechanised Scavenging System successfully on the premises of the CSIR-National Physical Laboratory.

Dr. Shaker C.Mande, DG, CSIR, and Secretary, DSIR, Prof. Dr Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, Prof. Venugopal Achanta, Director, NPL, Delhi, Rupa Mishra, IAS, JS, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, representatives from the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, government officials, Engineers & industrialists were present on the occasion.

Dr. Shekhar C Mande,  on the occasion, said that the development has happened on the directive of the Prime Minister given at last CSIR Society Meeting and this device is ideally suited for metro cities like Delhi. Two more versions of machine have been developed for tier-2 and tier-3 cities. He requested the representatives of three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, Delhi Jal Board, and Sulabh International to put this device into use so that society is benefitted.

Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CMERI Durgapur, explained the effectiveness of indigenously developed mechanised scavenging system to handle the blockage caused by plastic and other non-biodegradable domestic thrown-away items, debris, intrusion of tree roots, etc. He explained the system novelties such as: “Utilisation of the slurry water for the jetting operation”, “Self-propelled Post cleaning inspection system”, “Disinfection of jetting pipe”, “Built-in security features”,etc.

The developed system is benchmarked with the market available system in India and a number of features have been added which makes it first of its kind in India, according to a PIB release. The developed system is “very economic” and an important vehicle in Swachh Bharat Mission. It will help the “Manual Scavengers” skilling themselves on the latest technological advancements in Sewerage Maintenance Systems as well as enhance their efficiency, performance, and safeguard them against intrusive pathogens.

The CSIR-CMERI developed machine is designed for up to 5,000 people density i.e. best suitable up to 300 mm diameter and up to 100-meter length of sewer system.