On 28th July 2020, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Minister of Guwahati Development Department inaugurated Guwahati’s first manhole cleaning robot named “BANDICOOT”, an automatic sewer cleaning device. Guwahati became the first city in the Northeast region to get a manhole cleaning robot.
i.BANDICOOT was developed by Genrobotics, an Indian startup company under the Make in India initiative.
ii.The funding for the development of BANDICOOT was provided by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited(IOCL) under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
iii.The robot supports easy removal of sludge from the underground drain and will help the elimination of manual scavenging.
i.The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) procured the BANDICOOT along with 6 Skid Steer Loaders (Mini loaders) from JCB.
ii.After Gurugram and Coimbatore, Guwahati is the third city to acquire the technology to clean manhole.
Chief Minister– Sarbananda Sonowal
Governor– Jagdish Mukhi
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