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Revolutionizing Sanitation: India’s First Manhole Cleaning Robot Leads the Charge Against Manual Scavenging

India’s battle against manual scavenging receives a significant boost with the introduction of Homosep Atom, the nation’s first septic tank/manhole cleaning robot. Developed by Solinas, a startup incubated in the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-Technology Business Incubator (TBI) of IIT Madras, this innovative technology revolutionizes sanitation practices by replacing manual cleaning methods with robotic solutions.

Homosep Atom’s cutting-edge capabilities encompass extensive blade cleanings, solid waste desilting, suction, and storage, all in one device. By offering an end-to-end solution, it eliminates the need for multiple assets, thus reducing costs and promoting robotic cleaning in sewers. This transformative technology has already made its mark in 16 cities across India, delivering efficient and dignified sanitation solutions.

Integrated with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Homosep Atom can inspect, clean, and manage confined spaces with precision. It has successfully addressed manhole blockages and reduced sewer overflows in cities like Madurai and Chennai. By targeting septic tanks associated with large apartments, housing boards, and individual houses, Solinas enables Municipalities to efficiently manage waste disposal, while empowering sanitary workers with robotic assistance, thereby ensuring their safety and dignity.

Solinas, as a deep-tech and climate tech startup, aims to revolutionize the water and sanitation sector while addressing climatic challenges. With support from DST, the startup has developed miniature robots capable of navigating through pipelines to combat contamination challenges. Solinas’s technologies, including Endobot and Swasth AI, serve as pipeline diagnostic tools, detecting and mitigating water contamination, wastages, and sewer overflows.

The impact of Solinas’s solutions extends beyond sanitation, addressing critical issues like water wastage, groundwater pollution, and climate change. By partnering with governmental bodies and institutions like Chennai Metro, Solinas is contributing to improved pipeline integrity and water access, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for citizens.

Professor Abhay Karandikar, Secretary DST, emphasized the importance of supporting startups like Solinas, which not only contribute to societal welfare but also drive the growth and development of the country. Through initiatives like the DST-TBI program, young entrepreneurs are empowered to tackle pressing challenges and create impactful solutions, aligning with the Government’s startup movement. With continued support and innovation, Solinas and similar startups are poised to make significant strides in transforming India’s sanitation landscape while fostering sustainable development.

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