The drones will soon be equipped with a system that will automatically turn them off in the event of a deviation from the designated flight path, as the government seeks to strengthen the safety aspects of drone operations.
Stressing that internal security is a priority area, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Wednesday that in the coming days, drones will be activated with automatic “on / off” switches.
In the event of a deviation from the designated flight path, the affected drone can be stopped with the switch, Scindia said, listing various measures in place to ensure safety.
Participating in a virtual live question-and-answer session on the drone industry, the minister also said there will be a registry for drones.
There is already a digital airspace map in which areas of drone operations have been demarcated into red, yellow and green areas.
In response to a question, Scindia said regulations for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations are expected to be in place within the next 10 to 12 months. New air corridors for drones will be established and there will be limited corridors for cargo deliveries, he added.
In August, the ministry released revised rules for drone operations and several permits were withdrawn. In addition, the number of forms required has been reduced from 25 to 5 and the fee types have been reduced to 4 from 74 previously.
The latest drone rules are based on the premise of self-certification and non-intrusive monitoring of activities.
Last month, an interactive digital airspace map for drone operations that demarcates areas in red, yellow and green zones was released.
According to Scindia, currently around 200 startups are working in the drone industry.
The government aims to make India a hub for drones in the years to come.
The co-secretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Amber Dubey, was also present during the interactive session.
Separately, while addressing a session on Drones for the Public Good – Mass Awareness Program organized by industry body Ficci, Scindia said that promoting the technology is crucial and drone technology will bring those who live on the fringes at the center of development.
The Svamitva (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) program plans to use drones to map thousands of villages, which will give the Indian drone industry a huge boost, he said. added.
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