GUWAHATI: Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one-horned rhinos, is all set to boost maintenance and vigilance with a new set of hi-tech drones for capturing video footage of parts of the jungle not accessible on foot.
The high-tech drones are expected to be able to fly for 4-5 hours and take high-quality footage. The new drones are believed to overcome the time and maximum height limitation that the earlier ones had.
Sources said that the park so far had three drones which could fly at a stretch for only 25-30 minutes and were not customised for wildlife usage.
On Wednesday, Assam forests and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya said, “Assam Forests and Environment Department is moving towards a path of extensive use of technology for the improved vigilance, real-time monitoring and better protection of our precious assets.”
The minister announced that the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve has made the debut in this regard.
The first attempt to use drones in Kaziranga was in 2013 — a trial run was also done. But the project for starting aerial surveying and monitoring received the Centre’s green signal only in early 2017.
KNP authority added that the new drones were being customised at the Wildlife Institute of India to best suit wildlife purposes. The technology is customised. “Work is being done to enhance the flight duration and longevity of usage,” the official added.