The cleanliness of the river on the ground is driven by engineering. This does not consider the health of the worker, the health of the river from an environmental standpoint or ensuring that the processes in place work smoothly.
Deepak (30) and Ganesh Saha (35) died while cleaning the tank, while three others — Sher Singh (40), Rambir (33) and Rajesh Saha (40) — who jumped in to help them, are admitted to a hospital. All of them are daily wage labourers and residents of Prem Nagar.
The first eight to get the machines will be for the kin of those whose family members died after inhaling noxious fumes from sewers and one manual scavenger who escaped death in an incident at Lajpat Nagar in August 2017.
The Delhi High Court directed authorities to place their stand by April 26, when it will hear similar PILs seeking direction to the Delhi government to ensure strict compliance with the 2013 law on manual scavengers.