The Pune police have once again issued orders prohibiting the use of high intensity light beams, which are directed skywards at night “as they are likely to cause accidents during landing and take off at the Pune International Airport”. A communication in this regard was sent from the Indian Air Force authorities two years back and the police had then issued a similar order.
The latest prohibitory order on high intensity beams will be in effect in the 15 km radius of air field of the airport, which is used for both civil and military purposes. The order was issued by Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Sunil Ramanand on Wednesday and will be in force for the next two months.
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Notwithstanding the previous orders issued by the police, it has been observed in the past that high beam lights are blatantly projected skywards especially during festivals, weddings and other such occasions. The previous order was issued in March 2013 after two incidents of disturbances to the pilots were reported to the Air Traffic Control unit.
Speaking to Newsline, Ramanand said, “We have re-issued the prohibitory order. As per this order, use of these beams, which can result in mishaps of planes and choppers, has been prohibited from 6 pm to 6 am. Those violating the order will be penalised.”
When asked about the violations in the recent past, “If there were any, we will certainly look into them, and in future, we will ensure strict enforcement. There was no fresh communication from the Air Force authorities.”
An IAF officer said, “Though there were no recent incidents of direct disturbances to pilots, such beams can still be seen being projected towards the sky. We wish the police implement the order strictly. The high-intensity beams can cause deviations during navigation or landing of the aircraft.”