Uttar Pradesh’s Agra became the first Indian city to have a vacuum-based sewers system to be used in public places. It was constructed at Rs 5 crores and will be maintained and cared for by a company from the Netherlands for a period of up to five years.
The city corporation ‘Agra Smart City corporation’ has connected 240 such houses near the Taj Mahal with vacuum-based sewer where conventional sewer systems cannot be used. These houses have been connected to a vacuum-based sewer as they are in a low-lying area.
The work of sewer connection is estimated at Rs 100 crore and about 60000 houses have been connected with a 53 km long sewer line.
All the chambers are equipped with Geographic Information System (GIS) based sensors, which will help pinpoint the area of the chamber and the problem. The system of the vacuum sewer will automatically issue an alert if there is a choke or any other problem.
If the trial in Agra becomes successful, then the vacuum sewer will be used in Kochi Municipal Corporation as well.
A vacuum sewer or pneumatic sewer system is a method of transporting sewage from its source to a sewage treatment plant. Such a system is used in trains, airplanes, and flat areas with sandy soils and high groundwater.