The capital police are considering purchasing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for surveillance and intelligence gathering in the capital city.
Officials in the police told Dawn on the condition of anonymity that compared to hiring a helicopter the use of a UAV was much cheaper for the surveillance purposes.
At present, a UAV, commonly known as the sky eye, is available in the local market for Rs200,000 to Rs400,000. On the other hand, chartering a helicopter for an hour costs Rs300,000.
Besides, compared to a helicopter the results of the surveillance and intelligence gathered through the UAV is much better. The officials said sky eye was under the use of police in most of the countries in the world.
However, intelligence and security agencies considered the UAV as a security risk. There is no mechanism for the identification of an unwanted UAV so miscreants can also use the technology.