BBMP to buy robotic excavators to clean drains, waterways

BBMP to buy robotic excavators to clean drains, waterways

The BBMP has floated tenders to procure a robotic multi-purpose excavator machine for desilting stormwater drains and to remove water hyacinths and garbage from waterbodies in the city.

According to the BBMP, three excavators will be procured at a cost of Rs 20.67 crore, which will also cover maintenance.

"The BBMP was hiring one robotic machine earlier. Now, we have decided to have our own machines. The excavator is shaped like an octopus and can move its legs to position itself in tricky spots along the course of the drains. This makes cleaning easier even in narrow work sites," said BBMP chief engineer (SWD) Bettegowda.

The machine moves on wheels and can easily access narrow work sites.

After the heavy rain this year led to drains overflowing and flooding in the city, the BBMP plans to have a robotic machine in all eight zones as a standby for the next year.

The excavator is controlled by one person and is capable of multiple functions, eliminating the need for heavy cranes to clear the silt.

Recently, a German-based company demonstrated a robotic multi-purpose excavator to BBMP officials.

"This machine will help in complete dredging and other cleaning activities across vast stretches very quickly,"  Mayor R Sampath Raj told DH.

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