Mumbai has been declared as a high alert zone, as a result of the recent developments in Kashmir and the ongoing festive seasons. Owing to the current affairs of the state, Mumbai has declared itself as a no-flying and no-gliding zone for paragliders, drones and micro-light aircrafts to prevent any threat from the skies.Due to intelligence reports received by the Mumbai Police, they believe that terrorists or other anti-social elements may attack the city, using remote controlled drones, micro light aircrafts or using paragliders. In short, the Mumbai Police is expecting and restricting the possibility of an aerial attack. In light of the recent surgical strikes carried out by the India armed forces, following the attack by Pakistani terrorists on the Indian army camps in Baramullah, the threat perception is at an all-time high. Reports suggest that the armed forces of the country are on high alert.From October 02, 2016, Gandhi Jayanti, to the end of the month of October, the Mumbai Police have banned the use of aerial devices like drones, microlight aircrafts and paragliders. Any person contravening this order will be punishable under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.About just a week ago, it was reported that seven high-end drones, believed to have been smuggled from Canada, were seized by the Maharashtra Police, and are estimated to cost a total of Rs. 1.2 crores.Mumbai Police spokesperson Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma told this reporter, "We always ask people to take permission if they need to use drones. Paragliding and drones have been banned by the police. We are on alert for the festive season and have met the locals to discuss how to ensure safe celebrations."Last month, during the time of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, the Mumbai Police was making use of drones as surveillance instruments to observe of the visarjan (immersion) regions, since they were bustling with crowds of thousands of people. Various camera crews, builders, wedding organisers, event organisers, production teams, etc. have been making use of drones in the recent past, in order to simplify their tasks easier. Additionally, various drone enthusiasts have also been enjoying the fun of remote control flight. All such users will have to take this into account and keep their drones land-bound for the next month. We must all realise that this rule has been implemented by the Mumbai Police, in order to ensure Mumbai remains a Big Happy City!!
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