Robotic scavenger maker inks pact with TATA Brabo for bulkproduction

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 18 (PTI) Maker of robotic sewercleaner 'Bandicoot' Genrobotic Innovations has signed an MoUwith TATA Brabo for bulk manufacturing of the product aimed atelimination of manual scavenging, the Kerala Startup Mission(KSUM), its promoter, said on Monday.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will help thestartup company, promoted by the Kerala Startup Mission(KSUM), to ensure high production standards and meet risingdemand for Bandicoot to phase out manual sewer cleaning acrossthe country, a release said here.

Established in 2015, Genrobotics is the pioneer in thedevelopment of manhole-cleaning robot and aims at findingsolutions for the most pressing social issues throughrobotics. It also targets to stamp out the obnoxious practiceof manual scavenging from the country by 2020.

The firm has embarked on a movement called #missionrobohole, which is about changing manholes to roboholes;replacing men from the manholes with robots.

Bandicoot, billed as the worlds first manhole cleaningrobot, has already been leveraged by more than six states inthe country.

BRABO Robotics and Automation Limited, owned by TATABrabo, is India's first indigenous robot manufacturing companyand a 100 percent subsidiary of TATA Motors Limited, therelease said.

Recently, Genrobotics was conferred with the covetedAnjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award, instituted byAnjani Mashelkar Foundation.

KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala Government topromote entrereneurship development and incubation activitiesin the state.PTI UDVS VS