Navy Marks 3 km Area in Mumbai As a ‘No-Fly Zone’ for Drones

Navy Marks 3 km Area in Mumbai As a ‘No-Fly Zone’ for Drones

A 3 kilometre (km) area from the perimeter of Mumbai’s naval installations has been designated as a “No-fly Zone” by the Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command (WNC). This prohibits drones from individuals and civil agencies from accessing the space without prior permission. 

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence said that drone usage guidelines are issued and amended by the Ministry of Home Affairs at their discretion. 

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The necessary approval to operate a drone in the region will come from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The approval can be sought through the DigitalSky website

A copy of the letter shall then be sent to the WNC headquarters at least a week before the scheduled drone flight. 

The Indian Navy can destroy or confiscate drones flying in restricted areas without the requisite permissions. Violators may also face prosecution as per the provisions of the country’s laws. 

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