The use of drones over sensitive areas is certainly a point of contention here on Fstoppers. I think we can all agree that airports are a no go. Even if the risk is small, the damage could be catastrophic. What about irreparable heritage sites?
The New Indian Express reports that The Delhi Police in India have found themselves in hot water after using a drone to film several famous landmarks.The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) notes that Red Fort, Safdarjung Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Parliament House, and Qutub Minar are all situated within no-fly zones.
From a security point of view, drone photography is not allowed at ASI protected buildings. As Red Fort falls under sensitive zone, posting its aerial images online is not advisable. It shouldn’t have been done by a government agency as making those images public is against the security protocol. It gives room for security lapse.
A former director of the ASI has been quoted as explaining that the police have wider powers during the emergency COVID lockdown. Personally, I'm not sure how pretty pictures taken by forbidden methods is a necessary breach of the regulation. This seems like an after thought, an excuse for breaking the rules.
What do you think about flying drones around ancient heritage sites?
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