HYDERABAD: To avoid any tragedies or casualties, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) officials are under the process of procuring high-end protective suit for manual cleaning of sewerage lines. Each of the suits costs anywhere between `5 to `6 lakh. Three to four such suits will be procured. It will be used by workers only when there is no other option but to enter sewerage lines. Dana Kishore said that he has personally checked the suits. These suits, once worn, will resemble like that of an astronaut.
The board has been taking steps to do away with manual cleaning of sewerage lines. Dana Kishore said 70 mini sewer jetting machines were launched in June-2017. “About 28 people who used to manually clean the sewerage lines were given these machines, making them entrepreneurs. Besides, more mechanical ways of cleansing sewer lines will be introduced,” he said.