IN THE DISTRICT OF HARYANA we’ve seen a very unlikely use of drones. According to officials, Haryana was on its way to becoming an Open Defecation Free (ODF) district. Panchkula and Sirsa (surrounding areas) were recently declared ODF.

Unfortunately the district of Haryana have found themselves in a pretty ‘crappy’ situation. A recent discovery showed that people were defecating in open despite having functional toilets at home.

The district officials have now decided on a plan to use drones to catch these public defecators. As a pilot project, villages of the Bilaspur block within the district are now going to be under surveilance. Those caught in the action will be dealt with sternly, according to local authorities.

Officials introduce drones that will be used for monitoring people of Haryana“This solution was suggested when we found that people from the households having toilets go to answer the nature’s call in open. We have to break this habit but we will have to take into confidence the locals residents to go further,” says deputy commissioner of Yamunanagar S S Phoolia.

To make the plan work, a committee has been established with residents and officials from the six villages as members.

“We have paid Rs 3,000 for renting the drone for use in seven panchayats. Now the trial report will be submitted to the top officials of district administration. They will decide whether to continue,” claims assistant coordinator of Swach Bharat Abhiyan Bhupender Singh.

The drone is predicted to fly between 5am and 9am over the six villages. “If it really helps make the area ODF, we will go ahead and buy some drones of our own,” Singh adds.

Due to drones now being set in place, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar hopes that all the districts in the state will be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December 2017.

As unusual as drone use becomes, we are only scraping the surface of the possibilities of drone potential.