A week after the drone attack on Jammu Air Force Station in the wee hours of 27 June, the authorities in Srinagar on Sunday banned storage, sale, possession, use and transportation of drones and similar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the territorial jurisdiction of the district.
Issuing an order to this effect, Srinagar District Magistrate Aijaz Asad said that to secure the aerial space near vital installations and highly populated areas, it is imperative to discontinue the use of drones in all social and cultural gatherings to eliminate any risk to life and damage to property.
The order states that people already having drone cameras or similar UAVs in their possession shall ground and deposit the same in the local police station under proper receipt.
“Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has provided draft guidelines or standard operating protocol to regulate the use of drones in terms of weight classification, generation of unique identification number, height/altitude restrictions, speed restriction, enforcement or panel action etc.,” the order reads.
“Keeping in view the security situation, apart from concerns of breach of privacy, nuisance and trespass, it is extremely dangerous to let UAVs to wander around in the skies within the territorial jurisdiction of Srinagar district,” the order says.
Regarding use of drones by government departments, the order says: “Moreover, government departments using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance in agriculture, environment conservation and disaster mitigation shall inform the local police station before undertaking any such activity in public interest.”
Asking senior superintendent of police, Srinagar, to ensure implementation of the order in letter and spirit, Asad said any violation shall attract punitive action as warranted under relevant laws.
Recently, security men had spotted a drone in the residential area of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The Indian mission raised the issue with Pakistan. In a note verbale, New Delhi has raised security concerns with Islamabad regarding the drone movement.