In a bid to ensure hassle-free traffic movement during peak hours, the city traffic police have decided to buy a drone soon. The tender for the procurement is likely to be floated this week.
Ram Nayan Yadav, superintendent of police (traffic) said that the formalities have been completed on his part and he is waiting for the nod from the headquarters to float the tender.
“The traffic police is reeling under a severe staff crunch. We have hardly 100 personnel to manage traffic of Noida and Greater Noida, against the required strength of 300. A drone will save the precious time of the traffic police personnel as a quick response team will be sent to the spot to tackle any traffic jam,” said Yadav.
He said a command centre will be set up at the city police control room in Sector 14 A as soon as the drone is acquired.
“Mandatory training will be given to the staff to handle the drone. Moreover, a system is being developed to receive real-time data from the drone and circulate it immediately on the wireless network for immediate action,” said Yadav.
Police said in case of a traffic jam in any locality, the drone will be released for real-time monitoring of the situation. With the help of live footage from the drone, the command centre staff will guide the ground staff to the exact site of the problem.
“Also, apart from traffic management, the drone can be used for security surveillance when required,” said Yadav.
Apart from a drone, the traffic police have also sought speed radar, five breath analyzers, 100 wheel barriers, 50 mobile barriers and two cranes for traffic management.
“We will hopefully get all the equipment by January next year. It will be a great help for our personnel and will help us deal with the staff crunch,” said Yadav.