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Robo In The Pit

July 14 2019 | Business Today
As the mercury hits 45 degree Celsius on a Friday afternoon in June, there is a throng of onlookers at a small intersection in a housing colony in Gurgaon. Apart from the bystanders, there are sanitation workers and . Read Article

Bandicoot: Genrobotics' robot that scoops out filth from sewers

June 07, 2018 | Forbes
The warren of passages leading to the Genrobotics office in a building on the Technopark campus, on the northern fringes of Thiruvananthapuram, doesn’t even remotely resemble the dream lab Read Article

Un robot de nettoyage des égouts sauve des vies, mais va-t-il tuer des emplois?

July 7 2019 | Miroir Mag
Chhote Lal a suivi son beau-frère à Gurugram il y a neuf ans pour échapper à une existence appauvrie dans son village près de Mathura, dans l'Uttar Pradesh. Mais dans la ville du millénaire, caractérisée par des centres commerciaux étincelants, , Read Article

Sewer-cleaning robot is saving lives, but will it kill jobs?

July 18 2019 | Times of India
Chhote Lal followed his brother-in-law to Gurugram nine years ago to escape an impoverished existence in his village near Mathura. But in the Millennium City of glittering malls, hotels and high-rises, the only job Lal got was cleaning sewers. Read Article

How Would it Be if Dangerous Manholes are Turned into Roboholes in India

July 18, 2018 | Entrepreneur
Today, with the threat of job losses due to automation looming large, leaving people increasingly concerned, it should be worth noting that automation and related smart concepts viz Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Read Article

Bandicoot to the rescue

February 27, 2018 | The Hindu
It was a switch in positions they seemed to relish. For years, these manual scavengers had spent much of their days, looking up at the world through a small hole, standing neck-deep in liquid waste. They were looking down now, for a change, as ‘Bandicoot’ Read Article

Kerala engineers who developed robot to clean manholes

March 11, 2018 |
Manual scavenging is outlawed in India, yet thousands of people are still engaged in the work and many die cleaning sewers. According to the Safai Karmachari Andolan, a movement to eradicate manual scavenging Read Article

Union FM Nirmala Sitharaman On Startups Against Manual Scavenging

July 16 2019 | Inc 42
Speaking on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day (July 16), India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government schemes can only be brought to life with the contribution of people and institutions. Read Article

Away from the metros, a new breed of deep-tech startups is solving ‘real India’ problems

May 27 2019 | Your Story
The one that the likes of Vimal Govind MK, Arun George, Nikhil NP, and Rashid Bin Abdulla Khan are writing now. After graduating from MES College in Calicut, Kerala, when the four fell short of funds to turn an innovative idea they had into a reality, they too joined the regular workforce -- a fate many aspiring entrepreneurs have to resign themselves to Read Article

These engineers are building robots to kill India's manual scavenging issue

March 26 2019 | Buisness Standard
While Genrobotic's 'Bandicoots' are capable of cleaning manholes in 20 minutes, the company is looking at using artificial intelligence for building fully autonomous robots. Read Article

This Kerala start-up is fighting manual scavenging, one Bandicoot at a time

March 20 2019 | Qrius
In early 2018, Thiruvananthapuram-based startup Genrobotics joined hands with the Kerala government to deploy a spider-shaped robot named Bandicoot to clean sewers and manholes in the city. Read Article

Robots are gaining ground in India steadily

March 18 2019 | LiveMint
In early 2018, Thiruvananthapuram-based startup Genrobotics joined hands with the Kerala government to deploy a spider-shaped robot named Bandicoot to clean sewers and manholes in the city. Read Article

Super Scavenger

November 07, 2018 | Outlook Business
In big cities, apart from gleaming glass buildings and fast cars, it is quite common to see a manual scavenger gingerly stepping into an overflowing manhole to unblock it. He trowels out Read Article

This Kerala startup is using robot to eradicate manual scavenging in India.

November 06, 2018 | vccircle
In November 2015, police pulled out the bodies of 32-year old Naushad Karuvissery, an autorickshaw driver, and two migrant workers Read Article

Bandicoot robot—a Kerala startup's answer

March 02, 2018 | The Week
Manual scavenging or the act of manually cleaning sewages and drainages is still practised widely in India. According to estimates, about 1,500 sewer workers lost their lives after 2013, from Read Article

Indian startups solve challenges

JANUARY 12, 2018 | Reuters
From the manual cleaning of sewers to plucking coconuts from trees - authorities in southern India are inviting startups to find innovative ways to help those carrying out society’s dirtiest and most dangerous jobs. Read Article

Soon, robots to clean up manholes in Kerala

February 19, 2018 | Khaleej Times
In a first in Kerala, the state government will soon be utilising the services of Robots to clean sewer holes. The trial runs of the robot, developed by a startup company, Genrobotics, have been successfully held recently Read Article

Kerala startup finds robotic solution to end sewer cleaning deaths

January 06, 2018 | Hindustan Times
Manual scavenging, an abominable practice that claims several lives across the country every year, could soon be a thing of the past with a group of young engineers Read Article

Robots to soon clean up manholes in Kerala

February 19, 2018 | The Economic Times
In a first in Kerala, the state government will soon be utilising the services of Robots to clean sewer holes. Read Article

Bandicoot, the robot that will make Kerala India's first manual scavenging-free state

February 19, 2018 | India Today
In March, Kerala will become the first state in India to be manual scavenging-free, all thanks to a start-up GenRobotics Read Article

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Inaugurates Robot That Will End Manual Scavenging

February 27, 2018 | News18
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated a four-limbed robot Bandicoot which is developed by a start-up of 9 youngsters Read Article

Kerala to use robots to clean sewers, end manual-scavenging

January 11, 2018 | Business Standard
Robots will soon replace men in cleaning up sewer holes in Kerala, ending the age-old practice of manual scavenging in the southern state Read Article

Kerala Is A Step Ahead: Robots To Soon Replace Manual Scavengers

January 16, 2018 | ED Times
On 1st January 2018, 5 workers were employed to clean a sewer line in Mumbai which runs 10 meters below ground level. While being pulled out by a crane, the rope snapped and they fell 9 meters into the sewer. Read Article

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