Jan 18: With an aim to enter the next phase of growth, the India government is introducing a roadmap for drone operations. Earlier, drones were handed a blanket ban by the government.
The Drone 2.0 policy that will come into effect in March 2019 was revealed at the first-ever Global Aviation Summit held by FICCI and the Government of India, by Jayant Sinha, Minister of Civil Aviation. With the policy, the business opportunities in the drone sector stakeholders – equipment manufacturers, service providers, and engineers will increase.
The policy will also allow drones to be used as delivery vehicles, air taxis, and various other services. The food delivery company, Zomato will begin delivering food via drone soon. The news is that Uber Air taxis will also be rolled out in India.
Due to security reasons, the government had banned commercial use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. As per the Drone 1.0 policy, the device’s uses were limited to aerial photography, film making, disaster relief, and recreational activities.
According to a news report in this regard, the security concerns were also addressed in the Drone 2.0 policy by the Civil Aviation ministry. The DigitalSky network is advised to separate airspace into drone corridors to name them as Red, Yellow and Green Zones to assure safe and legal drone operations in India.
The drones are restricted in the red zones which include airports, military areas, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House. NPNT-compliance is necessary for an operator to fly drones in the Yellow Zones. The NPNT or ‘No Permission, No Takeoff’ norm is put forth by the Indian government to regulate the use of drones. To fly the drones in Green Zones the operators will be given easy permissions.
Taking about the new policy the Aviation minister advised the entrepreneurs and engineers to start working on the technologies and applications related to drones following the policy. He revealed that there will be a lot of green zones. All drones excluding nano drones will require registrations for operations, he added. In the global market, the commercial drone sector value is at $100 billion.