Guwahati News Desk: The Indian Navy sternly declared on Wednesday, that the area falling within a 3 km radius of the perimeter of its naval installations in Tamil Nadu, will be considered as ‘ No Fly Zone’.
The recent declaration prohibits individuals and civil agencies from flying non-conventional aerial objects within these zones. For which all those seeking to operate drones or similar objects would now require to get prior approval from Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Meanwhile, addressing that objects found violating the order could be destroyed, the defence wing said, “The Indian Navy will destroy or confiscate any non-conventional aerial object including drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) found flying without proper approval. Further, the operator found violating these orders will be charged under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code.”
It further added that the approval for using drones is governed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). In case of an approved, scheduled flying operation, the approval from the DGCA is to be obtained through Digi Sky website, and a copy of the approval letter is to be submitted to the headquarters at Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, at least a week prior to the operation.
As per the sources, a similar declaration was made in July, when the areas falling within a 3 km radius of the perimeter of Indian Naval Air Station INS Rajali in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu were designated as “No Fly Zone’. Back then too, a similar warning regarding the confiscation and destruction of the UAV/drone and legal action against the violators was emphasized.
However, the order on Wednesday comes amidst the recent terror attacks on defence facilities in Jammu and Kashmir using explosive-laden drones. These mini flying machines pose a significant threat as they can be launched from anywhere on short notice and can cause damage to life and property.