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New Delhi: Congress leader Ajay Maken’s plea will be heard on 18 February at the Delhi High Court, against a media blitz launched by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) government in the national capital on completion of one year in power.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said on Wednesday that the plea will be heard along with the main case that will come up for hearing on Thursday.

Maken, who heads the Delhi unit of the Congress, contended that the Arvind Kejriwal’s government had been running an advertisement campaign of approximately Rs.100 crore. However, no work was done on the ground till date, he said.

The petition said that while the Delhi government claimed it had “no money for the salaries of poor rag-pickers, hundreds of crores are being spent on self-glorification and political ads around the country”.

Maken’s has listed a large number of advertisements published or broadcast in various towns and cities across India in his petition.

“These outstation ads are of no use to the Delhi taxpayers or for the residents of towns and cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru etc.,” Maken’s petition said.

The Congress leader sought the high court intervention to “immediately stop these advertisements and recover the cost of all such advertisements from Arvind Kejriwal”.

He also appealed to the court to direct the Delhi government that the money so recovered from Kejriwal be used for municipal development in the capital.

Maken filed the petition because of public interest litigation wherein he said a large amount of money were spent on advertisements glorifying Kejriwal and the AAP.(IANS)

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Delhi Government Working Towards Robotic Solutions For Cleaning Sewers, Septic Tanks

Robots to clean sewers, septic tanks in Delhi? Find it out here

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FILE - A visitor shakes hands with a humanoid robot at 2018 China International Robot Show in Shanghai (VOA)

In an attempt to fully eradicate manual scavenging from the Indian capital, the Delhi government is working towards robotic solutions for cleaning sewers and septic tanks.

To achieve this goal, Delhi Cabinet Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam convened a meeting with experts from IIT, Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Delhi Cantonment Board among others to discuss the possibilities and the need of robotic solution to sewer cleaning task, the government said on Thursday.

The idea was inspired from a Robot named Bandicoot, developed by Kerala-based start-up Genrobotics, that has been commissioned by municipal bodies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

About 80 manual scavengers have been trained in these states to operate the robots in a bid to offset the loss of livelihood.

Bandicoot, a semi-automatic robot, only requires a human operator to stand on the street near the manhole.

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“The machine with its many cameras, a robotic arm with 360 degree mobility, and a handy bucket to collect the waste does the work. The operator is only needed for navigation when the manhole is of non-standard size or there are multiple sewer lines below,” a statement said.

“The Delhi government has already taken up various efforts to stop the inhuman practice of manual scavenging and would soon introduce fully mechanised system to clean the sewage system and septic tanks. Still there is a need for robotic solutions for smaller lanes and by lanes where machines cannot go,” the Minister said.

During the meeting, experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) said the robot is not constructed for the condition of Delhi. So they suggested that the DJB approach the company for demonstration and feasibility to use such machine in Delhi.

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While some experts suggested usage of censors in the manhole to check the status of toxic gases, some others suggested a database control room for various sewer line related data and a Helpline number for the same.

“The DJB has been asked to constitute a committee for implementation of various methods to use robot and other type of technology. The government will ensure funds to DJB for this purpose,” the Minister added. (IANS)