India faces significant environmental challenges and human safety issues associated with sewer cleaning. Blockages in the sewer lines result in frequent overflow of sanitary sewers, causing the spread of diseases, toxic gas emissions, and everyday life disruption, putting the lives and health of sanitation workers at stake.
As the Chairman and Managing Director of Aryan Pumps & Enviro Solutions, Prashant Sutar is combating this problem by developing simplified solutions for the most challenging environmental cleaning and disaster management problems to improve people’s daily lives. He established a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that creates special purpose vehicle mounted machines with advance technology to de-silt and clean sewers and canals.
Presently, more than 500 workers are engaged in mechanized sewer cleaning, eliminating risks to their health. Even more, his mechanized technology is breaking down an age-old social stigma attached to sanitation workers that isolates them from the rest of the society, restoring human dignity for more than 500 families of sanitation workers across different parts of India such as Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The impact goes beyond those operating the machines. While conventional sewer cleaning demands a huge amount of fresh water every day, Aryan Pumps & Enviro Solutions, with their one machine, can save up to 7 million gallons of fresh water every year comparatively. With 90 such machines in operation across India, Sutar’s efforts are saving approximately 630 million gallons of fresh water every year.
When he’s not identifying environmental problems and designing unprecedented solutions for India, Sutar is actively involved in tennis. A former national level tennis player and certified tennis coach, he is highly capable sports administrator and the force behind the South Asia’s only ATP 250 tennis tournament – TATA Open Maharashtra. He is also a Chairman of Managing Council of Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.