Police are banking on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to prevent bursting of banned firecrackers during Kali Puja and Diwali, police commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha said at a meeting with representatives of 3,000-odd puja organisers on Friday.
The UAV can hover at a height of up to 250m and capture images within a radius of 5km. “The device worked successfully during Puja. So we are planning to use it during Kali Puja and Diwali to monitor bursting of crackers, especially on terraces of highrises,” an officer said. The police had bought the DRDO-made drone, fitted with a night-vision camera, for Rs 38 lakh.
Agriculture minister Arup Roy said the retail price of potato in the state would be Rs 14 per kg from Saturday. Some people were hoarding potato to manipulate its price, he said. “The wholesale price of potato will be Rs 1,090 per quintal,” Roy added.