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CMERI Durgapur develops indigenous mechanised scavenging system for Indian sewers

Mou Chakraborty
Mou Chakraborty
Posted on 02 Nov 2021
09:21 AM
This machine has been developed after intensive studies of the diverse nature of the Indian sewerage systems.

This machine has been developed after intensive studies of the diverse nature of the Indian sewerage systems. CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur

Machine demonstrated to government and industry representatives at CSIR’s National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi; to be used by Delhi Jal Board
It will help safeguard manual scavengers against pathogens and skill them on the latest technological advancements in sewerage maintenance systems

The Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) -- formed in Durgapur under the aegis of the Centre’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) -- has developed an indigenous mechanised scavenging system that promises to carry forward the Swachh Bharat Mission and remove the risks and indignity associated with the scavenging profession.

The mechanised scavenging system was successfully demonstrated to the government and industry representatives at the CSIR’s National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi last week, after a directive given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the last CSIR society meeting.

Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) secretary and CSIR director general Shekhar C Mande was present during the demonstration and said that the developed device is ideally suited for metros like New Delhi.


Two more versions of the machine have been developed for Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. He requested the representatives of the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, Delhi Jal Board and Sulabh International to put this device into use in order to benefit society.

CMERI Durgapur director Harish Hirani explained the effectiveness of an indigenously developed mechanised scavenging system to handle blockages in the sewage pipes caused by plastic and other non-biodegradable domestic waste, intrusion of tree roots and debris among other scraps.

The developed mechanised scavenging system is benchmarked against the available systems in the Indian market, and a number of features have been added which makes it a first of its kind in the country, Hirani said.

Special features of the indeginous scavenging system developed by CMERI Durgapur:

  • A camera mounted inspection system with an image analysis software, which is useful to inspect the current condition of the sewage pipe and clearly shows cracks, roots and other obstructions in the pipe.
  • Other novelties include utilisation of the slurry water for the jetting operation, a self-propelled post cleaning inspection system, disinfection of jetting pipe and built-in security features.
  • The pyrolysis process would convert sludge to useful products fit for agricultural purposes.
  • The developed system will help skill manual scavengers on the latest technological advancements in sewerage maintenance systems as well as enhance their efficiency, while safeguarding them against intrusive pathogens.
  • This vehicle has been developed after intensive studies of the diverse nature of the Indian sewerage systems and the manner of its blockages.
  • The System is built within the BS-VI norms to keep vehicular pollution under control.
  • The technology is modular in design so as to ensure customised deployment strategies according to situational requirements. The system also focuses on sustainable usage of water.
  • The machine is designed for a density of up to 5,000 people -- i.e. it is best suited for up to 300 mm diameter and 100-metre length of the sewerage system.

The product managed to impress Rupa Mishra, joint secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, who enquired about the roll out business plan for the developed technology and also commended the reuse of water for drain cleaning.

Delhi Jal Board’s additional chief engineer Bhupesh Kumar lauded the technology behind the mechanised scavenging system and even offered a demonstration of the machine in Keshopur area under the Jal Board.

Last updated on 02 Nov 2021
16:32 PM
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