Pune Police officials had received instructions from the government for demonstration of drones for the first time for the monitoring of traffic. So, the officials used two drones in the ghat sections (between Lonavala exit and Khalapur Toll Plaza) for monitoring vehicular traffic from both the sides. The demonstration took place between 12 noon and 4 in the evening. The drones captured aerial images through which it was figured out that 15 truck drivers cut lanes and were fined for the same. The officials also said that drivers were handed over the challan at the Urse toll plaza or Khalapur toll plaza. The officials also mentioned that this demonstration would be repeated in the future.
Deepak Kesarkar, the Maharashtra Minister of State for Home (Urban), had stated that the Mumbai-Pune expressway as the 'death trap' and thus drones would be initially put on a pilot basis. Adding on to this he said that the number of road accidents being reported have increased due to rash driving and it is not easy to keep a check on this due to the length of the expressway and the manpower needed for it.
In the end he just said that drones are a better way to keep a check on the traffic than the CCTV cameras.