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- Drones are being used to keep a watch over the poll booths during the Indian general election.
- The Election Commission of India is deploying drone technology in areas it considers to be ‘critical’ or ‘sensitive’.
- So far there are reports of the drones being used in
Gautam Buddh Nagarin Greater Noida and the Bastar constituencyin Chhattisgarh.
There a million polling booths managed by 11 million officers, where as many as 900 million citizens could come to vote.
Considering the vast disparity becomes the number of people who will be voting and the number of officials to keep tabs on them, the ECI is using drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — especially in areas it deemed ‘critical’.
So, in areas where there’s normally poor turnout, vulnerability or presence of anti-social elements, the ECI is using drones to make the areas safe.
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In Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency in Greater Noida, 13 drones have reportedly been deployed.
We are taking all preventive measures to neutralise threats and encourage people to vote in large numbers. Additional troops and CRPF personnel will be deployed at these locations.
Even in Bastar constituency of Chhattisgarh, which has witnessed incidents of left wing extremism, 75,0000 drones will be deployed along with 80,000 personnel.
The drones will be a key asset to help escort polling parties to-and-from the polling stations where 741 polling booths have been marked ‘hyper sensitive’. In the past, the routes were monitored using helicopters.
Compared to manned-vehicles like helicopters, the use of UAVS and drones is not only cheaper, but faster and safer than traditional methods as well.
In cases where drones or the amount of personnel was not enough, the polling stations were moved to new locations altogether in view of how vulnerable they may be to a Maoist threat.
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