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Experts moot use of drones along NH in Vizag


Use of drones to oversee road safety along the National Highways in Andhra Pradesh on lines of a pilot project undertaken by Maharashtra Police along the Mumbai Pune Expressway could be explored, suggested former union secretary EAS Sarma to the AP Road & Transport department on Tuesday.

In a letter to MT Krishna Babu, Principal Secretary to Govt of AP, Sarma shared the letters issued by two public spirited citizens of Vizag, Bhagavanudu and Hanumanta Rao to the District Collector and the Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam about the possible use of drones to oversee road safety. In view of the frequent occurrence of accidents on the National Highway passing through Visakhapatnam district, the suggestions made by Bhagavanudu and Hanumanta Rao deserve a serious consideration.

“I understand that the use of drones for highway safety is being experimented in different parts of India. For example, the Kanpur police are also trying out drones to monitor and prevent traffic accidents as per reports,” he said. He suggested the AP Road Transport department to get in touch with the Maharashtra and UP police to get their feedback so that the shortcomings in their respective schemes may be addressed and the scheme improved upon. While the application of drones is certainly a positive development, some others feel that it is too expensive and not as effective as it is being made of.

However, he also highlighted the negative side of the use of drones and enclosed a press release on the draft regulations issued by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on deployment of drones and these regulations will have to be kept in view as the indiscriminate use of drones may interfere with the air traffic, posing new threats to air safety

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