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Toxic, fatal STPs no more 21.1.2018 Deccan Herald - Breaking News Rss Feeds
Safety lapses, procedural loopholes, design faults. Now, a deadly mix of these could be fatal. This is exactly what happened to three workers, asphyxiated while cleaning a sewage treatment plant (STP) in an apartment complex in the city's HSR Layout. This one act of manual scavenging camouflaged as tank cleaning has exposed the clear lacunae in a system that makes STPs mandatory without a regulatory mechanism. When questions were raised, all that the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) could do was to indulge in a public blame-g
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Toxic, fatal STPs no more 21.1.2018 Deccan Herald - City
Safety lapses, procedural loopholes, design faults. Now, a deadly mix of these could be fatal. This is exactly what happened to three workers, asphyxiated while cleaning a sewage treatment plant (STP) in an apartment complex in the citys HSR Layout. This one act of manual scavenging camouflaged as tank cleaning has exposed the clear lacunae in a system that makes STPs mandatory without a regulatory mechanism. When questions were raised, all that the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) could do was to indulge in a public blame-game. Eventually, KSPCB did relent and admitted that no guidelines have been framed to operate and monitor these private STPs. The Board did not deem it necessary since its role was largely limited to checking if the treated water quality met the prescribed standards, as Chairman Lakshman put it. No prescribed technology Neither has the Board prescribed any specific STP technology that would suit apartments. Caught in ...
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Swachh Bharat: Maharashtra constructs most toilets; BJP-ruled states shine 21.1.2018 Business Standard: Economy & Policy
The Centre is focusing on construction of toilets to make the cities open defecation free by 2019
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Chennai: ICF to produce manure from organic waste 20.1.2018
CHENNAI: Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, manufacturing rail coaches for Indian Railway, is all set to produce fertilizers from organic wastes generated in ICF colony. The new integrated waste management system was inaugurated by Ashwani Lohani, chairman, Railway board on Friday.  According to an ICF official, ICF conservancy workers would engage in the door-to-door collection of wastes.  "There are nearly 3,500 houses in ICF colony, which produce garbage about 8 tonnes everyday. Of which, more than 90 per cent is the organic waste. We will segregate the organic waste and convert them into organic fertilizer," the official added.  According to the official, the new integrated waste management system consists of 15 composite pits, in which organic wastes are to be dumped.  "It will take 45 to 60 days to produce manure and this is the first attempt among the railway colonies across the country," the official added. ICF has planned to utilise the manure for ...
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‘Rein in pvt. players practising manual scavenging’ 19.1.2018 Hindu: Andhra Pradesh
Sanitary workers still exposed to unsafe cleaning methods: commission member
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Commission chairperson raises issues of sanitation workers 18.1.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 17 Manhar Valjibhai Zala, chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, today asked Chandigarh Municipal Corporation officials at a meeting here to provide safety kits to sanitation workers and also raised the issue of workers not being provided some benefits by Lions sanitation firm. Manhar Valjibhai Zala also asked officers to look into the matter of releasing Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of two workers who died while working several years ago. Zala raised several other welfare-related demands of sanitation workers. However, he said that he was unaware of the issue that most of the safai workers are often found missing at the designated place of work and their leaders are often accused of not turning up for work. Most of them are engaged at the houses of government officers. Later, addressing a press conference, Zala said the average life of workers is around 50-55 years while others have average life expectancy of 70 years. They are like ...
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The solution: Robo scavenging 16.1.2018 Mumbai Age
A group of youngsters troubled by the deaths of manual scavengers have found a unique solution to the problem.
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The solution: Robo scavenging 15.1.2018
The world is moving towards a new dawn. A cleaner living space is what the current Union government has in mind. However, there is one section of the public that unfortunately bears the brunt of the very idea of clean India — Dalits, who belong to the Balmiki or Valmiki caste. The year 2018 kicked off with the news of seven manual scavengers" death in a span of seven days.  Bandicoot A group of young and passionate engineers found this extremely disturbing and wanted to find a solution. These young engineers are the co-founders of GenRobotic Innovations, a company that specialises in powered robotic exoskeletons, RC Controlled Humanoid Systems and AI. The founders are Vimal Govind M.K, Rashid K., Arun George, Nikhil N.P., Jaleesh P., Sreejith Babu E.B, Afsal Muttikkal, Sujodh K. and Vishnu P.K. One of the founders, Arun George, says, "We started our company as a students" start-up in 2015. Our first project was a powered exoskeleton suit — a wearable robotic suit that ...
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Bandicoot robot to clean up sewer holes soon 13.1.2018
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) and Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) have signed an MOU for transfer of technology and products including the use of robots for cleaning up manholes, thereby ending the age-old practice of manual scavenging. Under the MoU signed between Kerala Water Innovation Zone under KWA and KSUM at the Chief Minister"s office on Thursday, the robot, "Bandicoot," developed by startup firm Genrobotics, will be used for cleaning manholes. "Bandicoot" will start its work, by cleaning sewer holes in the city during the famous Attukal Pongala festival in Thiruvananthapuram in March. The Bandicoot has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension, which can go inside the manhole. After shoveling the heap of garbage at the bottom of the manhole, it will be collected by using the bucket system before lifting upward. It also has Wi-Fi and bluetooth modules. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan; Minister for Water Resources ...
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Hyderabad: Mini jetting machines to clean sewers 13.1.2018
Hyderabad: In a bid to end manual scavenging, the Greater Hyder-abad Municipal Corporation has decided to use mini-jetting machines in the 12 peripheral municipalities of the city. The corporation has decided to deploy as many as 66 machines to clear choked sewers and manholes. The cleaning will be done in phases with 16 machines used in each of the phases I, II, III and IV. Since HMWSSB limits are confined to core areas of the erstwhile MCH jurisdiction, complaints of overflowing drains and manholes from the peripheries keep the civic body busy week after week. Several complaints are lodged and the corporation spends about `19 crore annually on maintaining sewerage lines and manholes. A senior GHMC official said that the conventional jetting machines cannot reach the interior lanes and bylanes of residential colonies, but mini-jetting machines were coming in handy in those places. He said that the corporation will not purchase the jetting machines, only hire them after inviting tenders. Each machine ...
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Kerala to use robots to clean sewers, end manual-scavenging 12.1.2018 PTI: All news
Kerala to use robots to clean sewers, end manual-scavenging
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Kerala to use robots to clean sewers, end manual scavenging 11.1.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Wages unpaid, conservancy workers to ‘beg’ in protest 11.1.2018 Hindu: Cities
Solid waste mgmt. workers in BMC, TMC, NMMC to launch month-long stir on Jan. 18
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Water, pollution boards pass the buck on STP workers' deaths 9.1.2018 deccanherald.com
The blame game has begun between the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) over the death of three men cleaning sewage at an apartment. BWSSB chairman Tushar Girinath said the board cannot be held responsible for the deaths since the apartment had installed the sewage treatment plant and maintained it privately. "STP cleaning needs to be supervised," Girinath said. "It can only be done by trained workers. The apartment has risked the lives of those people by allowing them to get into the septic tank unsupervised." He said the pollution control board had made STPs mandatory and the BWSSB was only implementing the rule. The BWSSBs engineer-in-chief, Kemparamaiah, said the design, operation and maintenance of the STP inside the apartment were approved by the KSPCB. "The KSPCB issues guidelines and monitors the functioning of the STPs," Kemparamaiah added. While the BWSSBs STPs are of higher capacity, the ones installed at the apartment are ...
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National Commission for Safai Karamcharis wants case under MS Act, 2013 9.1.2018 Hindu: Home
Also seeks higher compensation for families of victims
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When life and dignity go down the drain 9.1.2018
65 lives lost in six years, in Karnataka alone - manual scavengers, who take on the unholy task of cleaning the city's drains, work in extremely dangerous and toxic conditions that have claimed many a life. In  March 2014, the Supreme Court abolished the practice and directed states to rehabilitate those who had lost a family member to it. Despite the rise in the number of deaths, however, the BBMP, BWSSB and the Labour Department have done nothing to uphold the SC ban or procure equipment for a machine-driven process. Meanwhile, not a single conviction has been made in cases pertaining to manual-scavenging deaths. With the city barely a week into the new year and the accompanying revelry, tragedy struck as three manual scavengers met a horrifying death in a manhole they had entered in response to an SoS from  an apartment complex in HSR Layout on January 7.  Shockingly, they died of suffocation while trying to clear the manhole of human excreta. They are only the latest victims of the ...
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Why hasn't there been a single conviction in manual scavenging cases? 9.1.2018
The deaths of workers forced to clean human excreta in manholes, sewage treatment tanks or septic tanks cannot be termed an accident as it amounts to murder. Three workers, Maddhe Gowda, Narayana Swami and Srinivas  paid with their lives owing to the abhorrent, inhuman and illegal practice of manual scavenging on January 7 this year in an apartment complex in HSR Layout. Ironically, on the day that India became the first country to orbit Mars on September 24,  2014,  two Dalit contract workers of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) , Sridhar Nagarajappa (20), and Bandri Marappa (22), too met a similar barbaric death, suffocating in a manhole in Hennur.  And shamefully,  three workers died in a manhole opposite a top scientific establishment, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics near C.V. Raman Nagar on March 7  last year.  Sadly, while the country is making technological advancements, workers continue to perish in the IT capital of the ...
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Bengaluru: Scavenger scourge kills 3 in STP tank at apartment 8.1.2018
Bengaluru: Three men, who were hired by the residents of a posh apartment at Bandepalya in HSR Layout to manually clean the clogged Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) tank, suffocated to death in the 12 ft deep tank on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Narayanaswamy (35), in charge of the STP at ND Sepal Apartment in Somasundarapalya, Srinivas (56), a painter, and Madegowda, (42), an electrician at a garments factory. Apartment residents had contracted Narayanaswamy to look after STP tank and other civic works of the apartment. He called up Srinivas and Madegowda to clean the STP tank, promising them a good pay. The two had earlier too worked at the apartment as Narayanaswamy regularly gave them work on Sundays, the police said. While Narayanaswamy and Srinivas died in the STP tank, Madegowda succumbed while being shifted to Columbia Asia Hospital. The incident occurred around 11 am, when all the three set out to clean the STP tank at the basement of the apartment. One of them, it is not clear who, ...
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Three manual scavengers suffocate to death in Bengaluru 8.1.2018
Bengaluru: Three men, who were hired by the residents of a posh apartment at Bandepalya in HSR Layout to manually clean the clogged sewage treatment plant tank, suffocated to death in the 12 ft deep tank on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Narayanaswamy, 35, in charge of the STP at ND Sepal Apartment in Somasundarapalya, Srinivas, 56, a painter, and Madegowda, 42, an electrician at a garments factory.  Apartment residents had contracted Narayanaswamy to look after STP tank and other civic works of the apartment. He called up Srinivas and Madegowda to clean the STP tank, promising them a good pay.  While Narayanaswamy and Srinivas died in the STP tank, Madegowda succumbed while being shifted to Columbia Asia Hospital. The incident occurred around 11 am, when all the three set out to clean the STP tank at the basement of the apartment. One of them, it is not clear who, entered the STP tank, but he suffocated to death because of toxic gases inside. When he failed to respond, the other ...
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Three asphyxiate while cleaning STP at apartment complex 8.1.2018 Hindu: News
FIR filed against apartment association for death due to negligence
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