In a move that could usher in an era of aerial policing in the city, Delhi Police, for the first time, used a chopper to monitor crowd movement during the immersion of Durga idols on Friday afternoon. Police commissioner B S Bassi indicated that choppers might be used “on an experimental basis” to manage traffic during morning peak hours.
The single-engine aircraft conducted sorties over roads connecting the Yamuna riverbank from Kalindi Kunj, Qudsia Ghat and a few other places for four hours to spot congestion points and offer remedial measures.
Police commissioner B S Bassi told TOI that the step was taken to ease traffic jams which occur during festivals and other occasions. “Our post-event analysis suggested that a perfect perspective of traffic scenario, particularly hiccups, cannot be obtained by ground deployment alone. It was, therefore, decided to use choppers during major traffic arrangements to get a panoramic view of the traffic situation,” he said.