With an aim of eliminating human entry into septic tanks and drains for cleaning, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched a ‘technology challenge’ seeking suitable solutions from individuals and NGOs.
According to the ministry, the initiative is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently expressed desire for a challenge to promote latest technologies to avoid human intervention in cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the country. Thereafter, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri asked ministry officials to work out modalities of the challenge, an official said.
The ministry said that identification of technological as well as business innovations are among the objectives that have been flagged. An official said that for evaluation and scrutiny of the technological solutions submitted by the participants, a jury will be constituted with experts from the MoHUA, faculty from IITs/IIMs and representatives of leading civil society groups.
“The proposals will be adopted for evaluation by the jury following broad criteria like the operational effectiveness of the technology, life of machinery, ease of use, Made in India, environmentally sustainable among others,” the official said.