Hyderabad: In six months from now, when a sewer line in your locality gets blocked, a Water Board worker with a robot will arrive and at a push of a button, the robot will adjust itself to enter the pipe, drill through the deposits and clear the blockage.
The Water Board has signed an agreement with an Australia-based firm, TTI Consulting Engineers, which came forward to conduct physical studies using robotic CCTVs and acoustic profilers.
“The firm has already completed the study of the trunk main between IDPL and Hotel Marriott, which is the oldest line and had been causing obstructions. Since we could not shut the 18-km line to take up the works, we employed the firm that used robotic technology comprising CCTV, profilers and modern equipment, and completed the work while the sewer was flowing,” said D. Sridhar Babu, chief general manager (E) PCC-II, Water Board.
The examination of pipe-lines was completed for a 6-km stretch of the total 18-km sewer main trunk (1200-1600 mm) of Kukatpally-Secun-derabad (K&S) between Jeedimetla (IDPL) and Amb-erpet sewage treatment plant.
“As per the reports and detailed project report, we will take up the action,” added the official.
The detailed project report includes the assessment of trunk main, manholes, chokes, siltation, flow analysis, rehabilitation measures and also a detailed report with designs, drawings and cost estimates for rehabilitation and strengthening of the trunk main between IDPL and Hotel Marriott.