Kolkata: Sky lanterns have been banned within a radius of 10km from the airport ahead of Diwali and the party season on grounds of aviation safety. This rules will continue until December 29. Laser lights can not even be used for entertainment.
A notification issued by Bidhannagar City Police on Monday cited difficulties faced by pilots of advancing aircraft as the reason for clamping a ban on laser lights.
Beams of light falling on aircraft can be blinding for pilots and induce serious mistakes, according to aviation experts. Sky lanterns (phanush), a traditional feature of Diwali in this part of the world, has been classified as a fire hazard.
Recently, the Bidnagar Police Commissionerate said in a circular that Fanus have been banned in the four police stations adjacent to the airport will not be available. These police stations are Airport, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport Thana (NSCBIA), Baguiatti, Narayanpur. According to the police, during Kalipujo every year, lots of lanterns are found in these zone. This caused a lot of problems to the pilots. Accidents can occur at any time due to fly the balloon while landing.