Denied permission to fly chopper, Ghaziabad cops cancel aerial vigil

The Uttar Pradesh government's plan to maintain strict vigil through aerial surveillance over Ghaziabad and Noida during the Republic Day celebrations has been put off after the permission to fly a chopper was denied in view of security of US President Barack Obama.

Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh government's plan to maintain strict vigil through aerial surveillance over Ghaziabad and Noida during the Republic Day celebrations has been put off after the permission to fly a chopper was denied in view of security of US President Barack Obama.

"The arrival of a Pawan Hans helicopter for aerial surveillance over Ghaziabad and Noida has been stalled as US security agencies have denied permission...," Assistant Superintendent of Police Vipin Tada said.

The UP government had decided to provided a chopper for a period of 12 days, starting from January 20 to January 31, to the authorities for aerial surveillance in Ghaziabad and Noida. But Pawan Hans Ltd. Could not procure NOCs from various authorities for its chopper to be used by the Ghaziabad Police, the officer added.

An unprecedented security arrangement has been put in place in and around the national capital in view of the visit of Obama. As part of security measures, no plane will be flying within a radius of 400 km of the Rajpath as against 300 km on earlier occasions.

This means airports adjoining Delhi like Jaipur, Agra and as far as Lucknow or Amritsar may not operate flights when the Republic Day function will be on in the national capital.

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