Thursday, October 21, 2021

LMA orders no-fly zone for drones over def areas

Secunderabad: Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by private individuals has been restricted near military installations in Secunderabad Cantonment. The local military authority (LMA) has put up warning signboards near military installations notifying them as ‘No Drone Zones’ in the Secunderabad Cantonment by following guidelines of the ministry of civil aviation (MCA), which approved the new drone policy.

Signboards have cropped on the stretch between Bison Wheelers (Bison Regiment) and RK Puram, Bolarum Check Post (near 1 EME Centre) and Kowkoor Family Quarters and EME Gurudwara towards Bolarum-Lal Bazar stretch.

As per the new policy, flying of aerial objects, including remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) of all varieties, within three kilometres of military installation, have been restricted. “Any aerial objects found violating this prohibition will be destroyed/confiscated without any liability and action under relevant section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) will be taken,” the warning on the board stated.

According to defence records, over 150 to 180 military installations, including regiments, training stations and residential quarters, were located in the cantonment. “I have noticed one or two signboards in front of military installations at Bolarum, but am totally unaware why they were designated as no drone zones,” M V Bhaskar, a resident of Kowkoor, told TOI.

“A few days ago, we found some graffiti on walls informing about the ‘no drone zone’. The LMA has to issue a notification through the media to spread awareness about the new norms,” a few residents of Bolarum told TOI.

21/10/21 Sunil Mungara/Times of India

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