A private contract employee died of asphyxiation and another has been admitted to a hospital in Madhavaram. They were clearing an underground drainage on Tuesday evening.
Demanding strict ban on manual scavenging, activists have urged the Union and State governments to take proactive steps on the matter.
Protesters from Muse Foundation and Shramik Janata Sangh asked the TMC to deploy jet pumps and other such machines as alternatives.
The government does not identify deaths due to manual scavenging but calls them deaths due to hazardous cleaning of septic tanks and sewers.
In a video that went viral on social media, a man was found entering a septic tank on the Deputy Commissioner’s office premises in Gadag without any safety equipment.
Further the bench directed the Chief Secretary of Telangana to file a detailed counter affidavit within 10 days or appear before it.
The court had earlier taken note of a report by The New Indian Express, under the caption “Two Choke to death while cleaning septic Tank in Hyderabad”.
In 2017, 93 people died. In 2018, the figure was 70. In 2019, the number went up to 117 while 19 and 22 such deaths occurred in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
A pourakarmika died and two others who got into a pit of a house are battling for their lives in Periyaptana of Mysuru district on Monday.
The news report relating to the death of two sanitation workers, who while cleaning a septic tank in an apartment in Kondapur.
The workers worked for a private agency, ‘Dial-a-septic tank cleaner’ and weren't wearing any protective equipment, sources said.
The Madras High Court directed the State government to bring effective measures to completely eradicate manual scavenging and impose harsh penalties as a deterrent factor.
As the state government is claiming Bengaluru to be a ‘Smart City’ in multiple national and international forums, the work being carried out on the ground is not so ‘smart’.
The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the heads of corporations and municipalities to file a written undertaking that no manual scavenging work would be permitted in their jurisdiction.
The robot uses a camera to identify blockages, and then its powerful water jet and cutting system flushes them out in the sewer line.