WHILE THE Mumbai police have stated that they would be using drones as well as CCTV cameras to monitor the traffic and law and order situation during the Ganeshotsav, Pune Police have stated that there would be no use of drones in the city during the festivities.
“I have issued strict instructions that there will be no use of drones by any mandals during the festival. We too will not be using drones to monitor as we have enough CCTV cameras in place. We have strictly directed the mandals not to use any drones,” said Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla on the eve of the festivities.
Even as some mandals were planning to use drones to monitor the festivities, the necessary permissions from the police will not be given. President of Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust Ashok Godse said that two years back, they had started using drones to monitor the activities during visarjan as well as during the 10-day festivities. “This year, we had plans to use four drones but with no permission, now will have to stick to CCTV cameras. Drones would have been helpful,” he added.
The police commissioner said that there is no requirement for drones in the city. “If anybody is found using drones, we would take stringent action,” she said. The drone system was introduced in Mumbai last year.