Bengaluru: BBMP re-survey to spot manual scavengers | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad has ordered his officials to conduct a detailed re-survey of manual scavengers in the city and neighbouring areas.
At a meeting on Thursday, he asked the joint commissioners to ensure that re-survey is foolproof and extensive in 110 villages where sewerage works are yet to be completed.
The Centre has banned manual scavenging and barred individuals from entering sewer lines and septic tanks. Yet there are many places where the practice exists. Therefore, the authorities have been instructed to provide such labourers with a suitable alternative to their livelihood, civic officials said.
Prasad said jetting machines and other technology available should be used to clean sewers instead of getting people to manually clear them.
Assistant commissioner Somappa Kadakola said on directions from the central and state governments, the first survey of manual scavengers was conducted in the city on May 8, 2013. Of 201 such workers identified, 71 were provided with central aid of Rs 40,000 each for their rehabilitation.
A recent survey identified 1,139 manual scavengers in the city, excluding Yelahanka, Bommanahalli, and Dasarahalli zones.

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