The Delhi Police Commissioner has announced a prohibition on the flying of sub-conventional and aerial platforms, such as para-gliders, UAVs, and hot air balloons, in the National Capital Territory of Delhi until further notice.
“It has been reported that certain criminal or anti-social elements or terrorists inimical to India may pose a threat to the safety of the general public, dignitaries and vital Installations by the use of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para-motors, hang gliders, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), micro-light aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small size powered aircraft, quadcopters or even by para-jumping from aircraft etc,” the Commissioner said according to ANI.
Arora said the flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms over the National Capital Territory of Delhi is prohibited and punishable. “In pursuance of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification and under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, I do hereby prohibit the flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para-motors, hang gliders, UAVs, UASS, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small size powered aircraft, quadcopters or para jumping from aircraft etc. over the jurisdiction of the National Capital Territory of Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day Function-2023 and doing so shall be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” he further said.
He also said the order is passed ‘ex-parte’ and the notice will be published through the press and affixing copies on the notice boards of government offices. “As the notice cannot be served individually on all concerned, the order is, hereby, passed ex-parte. It shall be published for the information of the public through press and affixing copies on the Notice Boards of the offices of all DCSP, Addl. DCSP, ACSP, Tehsils, all Police Stations and offices of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi & New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Public Works Department, Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Cantonment Board,” he said.
“This order shall come into force with effect from January 18 and shall remain in force for a period of 29 days, upto February 15 (both days Inclusive) unless withdrawn earlier,” the Delhi Police Commissioner added.
This measure is being taken due to concerns that criminal or anti-social elements may pose a threat to public safety and vital installations. The prohibition is in accordance with a notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs and is punishable under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code and Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The order has been passed ex-parte and will be in effect from January 18th to February 15th. It will be published through the press and copies will be displayed on the notice boards of government offices