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Mumbai police now refuse UAV for traffic surveillance

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 21:25

Mumbai: Despite seeking permission from the
State Government last year for procuring an unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV)for surveillance of traffic in the metropolis,
the Mumbai Police has now backed out saying they do not want
the system as of now, as its maintenance is difficult.

The refusal comes months after the state government
sanctioned Rs one crore to procure a UAV. Mumbai police
planned to procure it for the city as part of its anti-terror
machinery procurement like sophisticated assault rifles and
bullet-proof jackets among others.
"We have sent a letter to the DGP saying we do not
want the UAV at present as we are not in a position to
maintain and operate it," said Deputy Police Commissioner
(Operations) Rajkumar Vhatkar.
The city police chief believes the police personnel
were already overburdened and introduction of a new equipment
would further burden them, another senior police official
said, adding that, it was not immediately possible to train
personnel who can operate and maintain it.


First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 21:25

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