On March 24, 2021, Vizag Mayor Golagani Hari Venkata Kumari inaugurated a drain cleaning robot in the city. The mayor said underground drainage management was required to keep Vizag untouched. The ‘Bandicoot’ robot was funded by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The opening event took place at the 44th Station of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC). As the city of Vizag was preparing to become the executive capital of Andhra Pradesh, Ms. Kumari stated that hygiene and cleanliness are important. With such modern devices that replace the manual rummaging of drains, the mayor was delighted with the latest acquisition. She continued to recognize ONGC for its contributions to society. ONGC’s representative at the event was the company’s RCD, AK Goyal. He said they plan to use their CSR funds to deliver two robotic drain cleaning machines to Vizag. With the inauguration of the first machine worth 40 rupees, ONGC is expected to deliver the second robot soon. Mr. Goyal also announced that ONGC is pleased to be fulfilling its social responsibility to Vizag.
Vizag North constituency coordinator, KK Raju, and the corporator for the GVMC’s 44th division, Banala Satya Surya Srinivas, also attended the inauguration. Both officials hope to see more companies helping the city of Vizag. Additional Commissioner, DV Sanyasi Rao, Zone Commissioner 5, P. Simhachalam, Superintendent Engineer (Works), Venugopal Rao and YCP Leader, Golagani Srinivasa Rao, and others attended the event.
K Venu Gopal, the superintendent engineer for water supply and underground drainage management, spoke to Yo! Vizag announced that these robots are equipped with high quality cameras and sensors. These characteristics are intended to demonstrate the presence of toxic gases, if any. ‘Bandicoot’ machines are set to revolutionize the sewer cleaning system in the city. Further elimination of the noxious and dangerous environments that plumbing workers are in.
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