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Sulabh International Introduces India's First Sewer Cleaning Machine

Published on November 23, 2018
Sulabh International has introduced India's first sewer cleaning machine to reduce sewer deaths and put an end to the unsafe practice of manual scavenging.
Sulabh International Introduces India's First Sewer Cleaning Machine
  • The machine was unveiled on the occasion of World Toilet Day 2018 (observed on 19 November) by mayors of all three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) in the presence founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak.

About Sulabh sewer cleaning machine:

  • The machine will do away with 99% of manual scavenging in the country. 
  • With the help of it, manual cleaner (safai karamchari) does not have to enter sewers.
  • But if need arises and person has to go, then machine is fully equipped with a gas checking machine, protective gears and dress to protect workers from harmful gases. 
  • It is electro-hydraulically operated, with personal protective devices and a quick-view pipe inspection camera which extends up to 20 feet.
  • The quick-view pipe view camera is designed to felicitate inspection of sewer, manholes, tunnels, tanks, mainline and other lateral pipeline facilities with outstanding zoom function (industrial HD camera), scalable carbon fibre rods and sunlight presentable controller.
  • The new machine which costs Rs. 43 lakh is ideal for periodic mechanical desilting of manholes and to flush out sewer lines using powerful jetting pump capable of producing 150 bar operating pressure and flow of 150 litres per minute.
  • It is also capable of de-choking sewer lines using specially designed flexible steel rods.
  • The machine will ensure that no safai karamchari dies inside the sewer and will bring huge relief to manual scavengers.

About Sulabh International:

  • It is a social service organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education.
  • It is the largest nonprofit organization in India.
  • It was founded by social activist Bindeshwar Pathak in 1970.


Who has introduced India's first sewer cleaning machine to reduce sewer deaths and put an end to unsafe practice of manual scavenging?
a. Sulabh Cleaning
b. Sulabh International
c. Saral International
d. Saral Cleaning
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