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Drones to patrol N Delhi

After the daylight heist at Kamla Nagar and the rape of the young financial executive, district police of North Delhi is now opting for drones for surveillance of the region.

The proposal received the green signal on Thursday and is likely to be implemented by the end of January 2015, said a senior police official.

“With this project, North Delhi will become the first district with complete camera surveillance in Delhi. This would be achieved with the combined efforts through CCTV cameras and around three to four drones to kick-start the project. The only areas which will be kept out of it will be the L-G House, Delhi Assembly and Metcalfe House,” said the senior official.

He further said that such drones cost around Rs 10 lakh each and if they are hired, each would cost around Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 as per-day rent. “So we are trying to take the help of the IIT and other technological institutes in this regard,” he said.

Every drone will fly at a height of approximately 200 metres and will cover a hexagonal grid area of three to four kilometres.

It will ensure that every nook and corner of the district is under police surveillance.

“We can further enhance its capabilities by linking each drone to a Quick Response Team (QRT). The video can be streamed to the QRT vehicle which will monitor it in real time and respond quickly if it sees something wrong,” the official added.
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