Safety equipment to be provided for sewer workers

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Chennai, Apr 21 (UNI) Tamil Nadu government has planned to procure and supply new safety equipment to the sewer workers across all Corporations at a cost of three crore in order to avoid mishaps of workers falling into manholes.

During the first phase, it would cover about 2,671 km length of sewer main, about 77,081 manholes and 185 sewage pumping stations in the city.

While commissioning a special safety equipment here Local Administration Minister M K Stalin announced that it would be supplied to all the ten zones in the state.

Metro water will introduce for the first time desilting equipment to avoid the practice of a worker going into the manholes.

The equipment can be used to desilt a manhole upto a depth of 32 feet. The silt removed would be collected in a pan fixed in the vehicle and disposed off. This would eliminate the need for a worker to enter a manhole.

Following the purchse of three equipments in the first phase, three sets of equipment were purchased at a cost of 5,85,390. After assessing the performance of the equipment for three months, further equipment would be purchased and the workers to completely eliminate the need for a worker to enter a manhole. This would be gradually expanded to other corporations and municipalities.


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