Tribune News Service
Kapurthala, July 31
In a major development, the district administration has issued guidelines to register drones and seek permission for their use, especially during weddings, parties and political gatherings.
Kapurthala Additional District Magistrate-cum-ADC (G) Aditya Uppal issued orders in this regard under which use of drones has been regulated due to possibility of law and order problems, security threats and misuse of drones/UAVs by anti-social elements to create panic.
Uppal said all drones operating in Kapurthala should be registered with the SDM as per rules and regulations of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. He said the SDM would issue a unique identification number (UIN) and maintain a proper register mentioning the make, type, unique body chassis number of the drone.
He said no drone can be flown more than 400 feet vertically, besides drones cannot be flown in areas near airports, international borders, strategic locations, vital installations, prohibited zones, government buildings, CAPF and military installations.
No drone shall be flown after sunset and before sunrise and in case of any exigency, prior permission of the DM/ADM needs to be obtained, which may be issued on the recommendations of Kapurthala Senior Superintendent of Police.
Uppal said owner of a drone and operator there of shall be liable for all damages incurred, to person or property, due to mishandling or malfunctioning of drone. He also made it clear that these restrictions would not be applicable to the police personnel and other government officials/agencies.
He said the permission of the DM or ADM has to be obtained in writing for using the drone for photography during social events. The permission can be issued on the recommendations of the SSP. The social events include wedding ceremony. The orders would come into force from August 1 to September 29.
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