Pimpri – The Pavana, Indrayani and Mula rivers will be cleaned by the floating water drone ‘Watershark’ which has been awarded during the Maharashtra Startup Week by the state government. This drone boat will be used to remove large amounts of wastes from the rivers.
Even after repeat requests, many citizens often throw Nirmalya and other garbage in rivers. Thus, polluting the river water. As a result, all three rivers in the city have been infected in large numbers and harming the environment as well as birds, and other species. Some NGOs try to clean the river water. They have spent lakhs of rupees but they have not succeeded in removing pollutants from the rivers.
This drone boat is claimed to be useful for cleaning the river. The state government has awarded the startup innovative device of Sagar Defence among 20 best innovations. Also, Rs 15 lakhs was given to the company.
During Ganeshotsav last month, Sagar Defence Engineering had launched mission Trashfin to clean rivers in the presence of Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar , Mayor Rahul Jadhav, Sanjay Kulkarni, H A Mulla of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
As the water bodies are contaminated, many staffs contract various diseases while cleaning the water surface. With the help of Watershark, the employee can get rid of the garbage by remotely operating only by sitting on the river bank. Removal of garbage can not be seen from distance. They have set up cameras for shooting video on boats. Plastics, flowers, garlands, thermocol, plants which are floating on the water surface are collected by the Watershark.
Colonel Nikunj Parashar, the founder of Sagar Defence, said that if the state government gives bulk order, one boat can be made available for Rs 10 lakhs.
Watershark – Floating Water Drone
This is a two-meter drone boat. At one time it can collect floating waste of 350 kg. The Mumbai-based startup company has claimed that only one rupee of 3 paise is spent for remotely operating the drone for one hour. It is operating on the solar powered battery. The drone can be used in water for 6 hours at a time. It can be operated by even a class fourth pass person who is unskilled worker. There is no need to take special training for this. At one time, two boats can be operated by a single employee. The price of this boat abroad is between 1 and 2 crores.