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Govt launches 'technology challenge' for solutions to end human intervention in cleaning of sewers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With an aim of eliminating human entry into septic tanks and drains for cleaning, the ministry of housing and urban affairs has launched a 'technology challenge' seeking from individuals and NGOs.

According to the ministry, the initiative is in line with the vision of Narendra Modi, who recently expressed desire for a challenge to promote latest technologies to avoid human intervention in cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the country.

Thereafter, Housing and asked ministry officials to work out modalities of the challenge, an said.

said, "Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of and septic tanks", which will be a part of the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention to be held on October 2, will remain open till August 14.

"Elimination of human entry into sewer drains and cleaning of the is the ultimate goal of this challenge.

"Proposals have been invited by the ministry from interested innovators, individuals, consortium partners, companies, academic institutions, research and development centers, NGOs, and municipal bodies, to provide innovative technical solutions which eliminate the need for human entry into septic tanks and sewers," Jain said.

The ministry said that identification of technological as well as business innovations are among the objectives that have been flagged.

An said that for evaluation and scrutiny of the submitted by the participants, a jury will be constituted with experts from the MoHUA, faculty from IITs/IIMs and representatives of leading groups.

"The proposals will be adopted for evaluation by the jury following broad criteria like the operational effectiveness of the technology, life of machinery, ease of use, Made in India, environmentally sustainable among others," the said.

Official said the 'technology challenge' will be conducted for two separate categories - 'for cleaning and maintenance of that eliminate need for human entry' and 'for cleaning and maintenance of septic tanks that eliminate need for human entry'.

According to the ministry, officials are currently in process to decide the prize for winners of the challenge.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 12:40 IST