Mumbai Buzz: Sewer cleaning robots | Pet cremation van… and more

Weekly news round-up from Mumbai

child playing on a flooded road in heavy rains
Mumbai roads were flooded in several parts as the city recorded highest rainfall in the month of July. Pic: Stephin Thomas

Sturdy nets to cover manholes

The BMC will now install specially designed protection nets beneath manhole covers to prevent accidents such as people falling into open manholes during floods in the city. The civic engineers have suggested a prototype made from stainless steel with better durability. The nets that are used to cover 1900 manholes at present, are made of ductile metal. The civic body is likely to complete before the next monsoon.

Source: Free Press Journal

Robots for sewer cleaning

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has installed sewer-cleaning robot to prevent manual scavenging in the city. The sewer tanks, which were cleaned manually, will now be cleaned by robots. The civic body has taken this step even as the deadline for making India free from manual scavenging draws closer. Last month, two workers died in Govandi while cleaning the sewers.

A man is seen entering a man who without proper safety gear.
It is the responsibility of the BMC to ensure that manual scavenging does not take place. Pic: MS Gopal, Mumbai Paused

According to a government report, in India, only 520 districts have made themselves free from manual scavenging and 246 districts are yet to achieve that vision. “I would request the states concerned to submit a report to us as we are committed to our vision of declaring India manual scavenging free by August 2023,” a senior official with the union ministry of social justice and empowerment was quoted as saying in a new report.

Source: Mint

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Electric cremation for pets

Death of pets is hard but now a dignified farewell may be possible. An electric crematorium for pets has been set up at R North ward (Dahisar and Borivali). Electric cremation of deceased animals will be performed inside a van, provided by the NGO Happy Buds Foundation. This initiative will pave way for eco-friendly cremations of animals. Former Shiv Sena corporator Tejasvee Abhishek Ghosalkar, who backed the initiative, said while pet animals will be cremated for a nominal charge, stray animals will be cremated free of cost.

Source: The Indian Express

Moderate rainfall this week

The India Meteorological Department issued a green alert in parts of Mumbai and its neighbouring districts like Thane, Palghar and Raigad. On Monday, the city received brief spells of light rains. The IMD’s Santacruz weather station recorded 13 mm of rain between Sunday and Monday till 8 am, while the Colaba observatory recorded 2 mm of rain. 

Mumbai receives water from seven lakes, and water levels in these lakes are at 29%. Last year at this time, the levels were almost double than present levels, at 56%. Meteorologists have predicted the next active monsoon spell between July 13 and July 16. 

Source: The Indian Express

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