G20 Summit: The Delhi Police has officially announced a ban on the operation of various types of flying objects within the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. These prohibited flying objects include paragliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Aerial System Services (UASs), microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small-sized powered aircraft, and quadcopters. This ban has been implemented in anticipation of the upcoming G20 summit scheduled for September 9 and 10. The prohibition will remain in effect for a duration of 15 days, beginning from Tuesday, August 29.
The decision to impose this ban stems from the concerns raised by Delhi Police Commissioner
The decision to impose this ban stems from the concerns raised by Delhi Police Commissioner, Sanjay Arora. The primary worry revolves around potential risks to public safety, the security of dignitaries, and crucial installations during the G20 summit. The official notice highlights the possibility of criminal elements, anti-social individuals, or even potential terrorists exploiting various types of flying devices to pose a threat. These sub-conventional aerial platforms, such as para-gliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small-sized powered aircraft, quadcopters, and even para-jumping from aircraft, could be misused for activities with hostile intent against India.
In light of these concerns, the Delhi Police has taken this proactive step to ensure the safety and security of the G20 summit, its attendees, and the general public. The temporary ban on these flying objects aims to prevent any potential risks that could arise from their unauthorized operation during this sensitive period.
“Now therefore, I Sanjay Arora, Commissioner of Police, Delhi in exercise of the powers conferred upon me by section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 read with Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi’s Notification No. U-11036/3/1978 (i) UTL dated 01.07.1978, do hereby prohibit flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para- gliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, UAVS, UASS, microlight aircrafts, remotely piloted aircrafts, hot air balloons, small sized powered aircrafts, quadcopters or even by para-jumping from aircraft etc over the jurisdiction of the NCT of Delhi during the G20 Summit 2023 in the National Capital of Delhi and doing so shall be punishable u/s 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” the notice read.