Thursday, June 15, 2017

Govt wakes up to aerial threat from UAVs, drones

Bhubaneswar: Apprehending security threat from drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, quad-copters, para-motors and para-gliders, the state government has asked the commissionerate police to regulate the movement of such sub-conventional aerial platforms.
The government's directive came after the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) recently wrote to the state general administration department seeking regulation on flying objects.
"Reports are being received that a number of drones and UAVs were flying in places near Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri. Though the flying so far did not result in any untoward incident, yet these remain a potential threat to the aviation safety. These can also be potential threat to the security," read the letter sent on May 22, a copy of which was seen by TOI.
Before BPIA, the intelligence directorate of Odisha Police had also written to the commissionerate police to beef up air security.
Asked about it, commissioner of police Y B Khurania said it is difficult to curb the movement of sub-conventional aerial platforms in the absence of proper regulatory laws.
"At present there are no specific rules and regulations and law to crack the whip on flying objects. I had already replied to the intelligence directorate about the absence of specific regulatory authority to deal with such cases," Khurania said.
15/06/17 Debabrata Mohapatra/Times of India