ATS tells Goa govt to ban unapproved drones

ATS tells Goa govt to ban unapproved drones


Goa: In view of threats to security during the ongoing tourist season, Goa police’s anti-terrorist squad has recommended ban on the use of drones for civil purposes. The squad has written a letter to both district collectors requesting them to issue an order to the effect under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

“There is an urgent need to keep a track of the flying of commercial drones by way of appointing a controlling body to supervise and regulate such activity through the framing of new guidelines/measures. Till then, as a precautionary measure, regulatory orders prohibiting the use of drones till specific rules/guidelines come into force should be brought into effect,” the ATS’ letter states.

“In case the user intends to use UAVs at public or private events, necessary approval shall compulsorily be obtained from the controlling body well in advance,” the squad’s letter reads.

In the event of an individual deciding to sell or buy a UAV, the ATS has suggested that the same be intimated to the authorities well in advance and the registration process adhered to. It has also recommended that owners furnish details of their respective drones, complete with purpose of usage, to the controlling body and that the devices be inspected by technical experts.

Source: TOI