Government launches ‘Technology Challenge’ to eliminate human entry into sewers
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a ‘Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks’ to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks.
The move is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, in a meeting chaired by him on May 4, 2018 had desired a technology challenge to promote latest technologies to avoid human intervention in the cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.
The challenge will be a part of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention that will be held on October 2, 2018 and will remain open up to 5: 30 pm on August 14, 2018. Proposals have been invited by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry from interested innovators, individuals, consortium partners, companies, academic institutions, research and development centers, NGOs, Parastatal and municipal bodies to provide innovative technical solutions that will eliminate the need for human entry into septic tanks and sewers.
The main objective of the challenge is to eliminate human intervention in the cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.
Hence, the challenge aims to:
• Identify technological as well as business process innovations.
• Endorse viable business models that are suitable for a different size, geographies, and class of cities.
• Pilot test and handhold to scale the shortlisted technologies/solutions in select project cities.
• Bridge the gap between innovators/manufacturers and beneficiaries- i.e. ULBs, citizens
A special jury comprising experts from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, faculty from IITs/IIMs and representatives of leading civil society groups will be constituted for evaluation and scrutiny of the technological solutions submitted by the participants.
The jurors shall adopt the following broad criteria for evaluation of the proposals:
a) The operational effectiveness of the Technology
b) Life or durability of the machinery
c) Ease of use (automation)
d) Ease of availability/Economies of scale
f) Made in India
g) Environmentally Sustainable
Further, the challenge will be conducted for two separate categories:
Category A-Technological solutions for cleaning and maintenance of sewerage systems that eliminate the need for human entry.
Category B-Technological solutions for cleaning and maintenance of septic tanks that eliminate the need for human entry.