Now drone cameras will keep a tab on criminal activities in the forests of Uttarakhand.
The State Government has formed a Forest Drone Force, comprising of 25 drones and headed by senior Forest officers.
The Forest Department is hopeful that with the help of this new drones, they will be able to monitor the forests and keep a tab on illegal activities like illegal mining, tree felling, poaching and anti-wildlife activities.
The drone force also comprises of trained operators and experts from Drone Application Research Centre, Dehradun.
The drones will also be updated on a regular basis.
There are plans to add 20 more drones to the current fleet of five.
Protected sanctuaries like Nanda Devi National Park, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Rajaji Tiger Reserve will also be monitored with the help of this new hi-tech force.
The State Forest Department is also planning to use super drones to tranquilise animals.