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A group of engineers from Kerala build a robot to clean manholes and put an end to manual scavenging

According to the NCSK, one person has died in every five days in the year 2017 making it the most disturbing reality which cannot be unseen. People jump inside the deep manholes full of human excreta and harmful gases which becomes the prime reason for their death. A group of engineers from Kerala have come together to create a robot ‘Bandicoot’ which can clean manholes without any human intervention. Developed by the startup Genrobotics, Bandicoot is a spider-like robot with four limbs which goes inside the manhole, scoops the garbage and pulls it out. It takes about 15 minutes to clean standard-sized sewage.

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