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Delhi seconds Lucknow in low air quality measure

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New Delhi:  Air pollution in Delhi continued to choke its residents on Monday with the air quality index (AQI) touching the dangerous 408 mark.

The drop in air quality prompted environment experts to urge the government to issue health advisories.

The AQI of Delhi was second only to Lucknow, whose figure stood at 421, making it the city with the poorest air quality.

“The situation is really very bad and the quality of air in the coming days is going to be the same following the smog and stagnancy in the air,” Vivek Chattopadhyaya of green think tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) told reporters.

He urged the government to issue health advisories, as several people will suffer from breathing issues if the air quality remains the same.

The AQI of Delhi’s adjoining areas also remained severe at the 405 mark.

Residents complained of breathing problems due to the poor air quality.

Priyanka Rai, a student of Delhi University who has to travel from west Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh to Delhi University in the north, said, “I have never had breathing problems, but now I feel pain in my chest every time I step out of my house.”

Anjali Mirchandani of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said, “I, being an asthma patient, have been using a mask every day while travelling to my office. My visits to doctors have increased.”

(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)