Thursday, December 2

Kolkata High tech drones to reach out to New Town residents

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The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is operating special drones across the township with speakers fixed on them. This is being done to reach out to all residents living in highrise complexes in New Town to make loudspeaker announcements on different public schemes and services like Covid vaccination, Duare Sarkar and dengue prevention awareness as to when and where these schemes and services are being provided.

NKDA officials said they have been making mike announcements on the roads but they were getting feedback that the announcements were not reaching many residents who live inside the large gated communities and highrise complexes.

“To reach out to all residents living in highrise complexes, we are using special high tech drone technology. High volume speakers have been installed in the drones and a day-wise schedule has been chalked up as to on which day in which locality the drone will be operated to make the announcements,” an NKDA official said.

Officials said they were making the announcements through drones in residential areas and market places mainly on four issues right now – Duare Sarkar, Lakshmir Bhandar, Covid vaccination and generating awareness on following Covid safety protocols and dengue prevention measures. The announcements are both in Bengali and Hindi.
Other than making loudspeaker announcements on public awareness, the authorities said the drones could be used for spraying larvacide on the Bagjola and its periphery canals to prevent mosquitos, to keep a watch on roof tops to check if there was any stagnant water accumulation, keeping an eye on bio-mass and waste burning and other issues.

The authorities have already set up a drone port in one of its utility buildings in New Town Action Area II with a drone pad above the tank on the fourth floor roof. The set-up has servers, ultra-high speed computers with dual screens and a host of other software and drone accessories. NKDA has already procured three drones and there is a control room to keep monitoring the drones while they are operated.

Source: Times of India

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