The scheme will benefit around 45 lakh people in the national capital and will be a huge step towards curbing sewer deaths and cleaning the Yamuna river, he said.
"Why are you not providing them masks and oxygen cylinders? In no country in the world, people are sent to gas chambers to die. Four to five people are dying due to this every month," the Supreme Court said.
'We are concerned about the lives of sanitation workers and will give free safety kits to those working in Delhi so that no mishaps happen,' Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.
The incident happened shortly after midnight at Darshan Hotel in Fartikui village of Dabhoi tehsil, around 30 kms from Vadodara city.
Investigations revealed that Kishan, along with several other workers, was hired by a contractor to clean the Wazirabad drain.
The police arrested three people after a manual scavenger drowned in Delhi Jal Board Pump House.
In September, five men died after inhaling toxic fumes while working in a sewage treatment plant in west Delhi's Moti Nagar area.
The latest survey has so far identified 20,596 manual scavengers across the 18 states with UP accounting for 6,126 followed by Maharashtra with 5,269 and Karnataka with 1744, said a senior official from the National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC), which is coordinating the survey.
The two accused had close supervision on the operations of the sewage treatment plant, taking the total number of arrests to five.
The five people who died in Moti Nagar were identified as Sarfaraz, Pankaj, Raja, Umesh and Vishal.
The robot, equipped with Wi-Fi, bluetooth and control panels has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers.
Though there is no exact figure of people engaged in one or other form of manual scavenging in the state, their total number is believed to be in thousands, according to NGOs working in the area.
Report says, none of the workers were equipped with masks or any other safety gear.
Amarjeet (30) and Makhan Lal (27) had descended into the 90-foot deep tank to clean it, but started choking due to the toxic fumes.
While three died on the spot, one succumbed to his injuries at a hospital,
It is ninth such death in the national capital in over a month.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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