To eliminate manual scavenging, Telangana govt launches 70 new sewer jetting machines

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has deployed 70 mini jetting machines aimed at eliminating manual scavenging in Telangana.

The Telangana government has adopted technology to end manual scavenging as part of its ‘Swachh Telangana’ initiative. “Improving the working and living conditions of scavengers has been the priority for the government,” Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao said, adding that he would see to it that manual scavenging ceases to exist in the state.

The jetting machines have been developed at a cost of Rs 20 crore. For the first time in India, bacteria-free uniforms have been provided to sanitation workers.

According to HMWS&SB officials, each machine costs Rs 26 lakh. While the SBI has given a term loan of Rs 20 lakh per machine, entrepreneurs have invested about Rs 6 lakhs each.

Article Originally published on India Times
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