Drone Usage In Functions And Ceremonies Banned: Rachakonda Police Commissioner Reminds

In view of private individuals using drones to shoot their functions and events, Rachakonda Commissioner warned them of stern action.

Hyderabad: Putting a barrier on an indiscriminate usage of Drone Cameras during occasions like marriage and other events under the jurisdiction of Rachakonda police commissionerate, the Police Commissioner asked all the managements of function halls, farm houses and resorts and hotels to take note of the rules and adhere to them.

Drone Cameras are being used during marriages and other events without police permission, which is mandatory. In this context, the Commissioner warned that stern action would be taken against those who violate the law.

The statement came as a case was booked against the organizers of Wheelathon Cycle Rally, for using drones without permission in Nacharam limits of Rachakonda on Sunday.

In a press release, the police commissioner observed that the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) at Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi, issued a public notice on October 7, 2014, stating that the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has a potential for several civil applications that also carry a security threat.

The airspace over cities in India has a high density of manned aircraft traffic. Due to lack of regulation, operating procedures/standards, and the uncertainty of the technology, UAS pose threat for air collisions and accidents, the police commissioner said.

He also reminded them that a prior approval from the Air Navigation Service Provider, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Home Affairs, and other security agencies concerned besides DGCA is mandatory for the civil operations of UAS.

It also noted that DGCA is formulating the regulations for certification and operation for use of UAS in the Indian Civil Airspace. He cautioned that till the regulations are issued, no body or organization should launch UAS in the civil airspace for any purpose.

It may be recalled that drones were banned in India since 2014. Despite that, they are being used during many functions, events and ceremonies.

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