HYDERABAD: The Telangana Police has launched a novel initiative to rein-in drinkers and rogue elements who create nuisance in open public places.
In a first, a drone surveillance programme has been launched to keep a watch on them. On the first day of the launch itself, the police have rounded up some 250 people.
Policing the outlying areas had been an arduous task. Now with help of the new tool, the police hope to beef-up their neighborhood watch.
The public has lauded the Karimnagar Police for their ingenuity.
The drone has been deployed over the picturesque Lower Manair Dam area, a favorite spot for the drinkers, particularly when the dam's water level drops.
Their presence in the area had become a major source of safety concern for the public as local residents also go there to spend quality time with their loved ones, particularly during evenings and holidays.
The surrounding areas of the dam, stretching about five kilometers, had also attracted anti-social elements, further raising public safety concerns.
Now encouraged by its success, the police plan to buy more such drones in the near future to monitor other isolated areas.
The drone can cover a five-kilometer radius in 30 minutes. It also has a 20-megapixel camera attached to it.