Cops Ban Drone Use August 26-28


No humans, animals or vehicles would be allowed in the exclusion zone on August 28.


Noida Police on Thursday banned the use of drones in the skies of the city from August 26-28 for security reasons in preparation for the demolition of illegal Supertech towers, according to an order.

Deputy Police Commissioner (Headquarters) Ram Badan Singh invoked powers under Section 144 of the CrPC when he passed the restraining order.

“It is proposed to demolish the Emerald Court twin towers in Sector 93A of Noida on August 28. It is necessary to prohibit drone operations for security reasons,” the order reads.

“Drones will not be operated by any person or private institution from August 26 to 28. Violation of this order will be an offense punishable under Article 188 of the CPI,” he added.

Previously, the police had said that drones would be allowed but only beyond the “exclusion zone” of around 500 meters and that too with their permission.

No humans, animals or vehicles would be allowed in the exclusion zone on August 28.

The nearly 100-meter-tall Apex and Ceyane towers, taller than Delhi’s iconic Qutub Minar, are due to be demolished at 2.30 p.m. on August 28 under a Supreme Court order that found their construction in the premises of the Emerald Court in violation of standards.

More than 5,000 residents living in Emerald Court and adjacent to ATS Village will be evacuated on August 28. They will leave the premises at 7 a.m. and will only be allowed after post-demolition security clearance by the relevant agencies at around 4 p.m.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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