Vikarabad: Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday launched India’s first Drone ‘Medicine Delivery project’, an ambitious project of the Telangana Government at a function held here.
The Union Minister also launched Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights for the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines and medicines.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Scindia said the perception of India as a follower is now leading in drone technology and the same is demonstrated here in Telangana to the rest of the world.
It is a historical movement for the Drone industry, he said.
This project, Ten days back the Ministry of Civil Aviation notified liberalised Drone Rules, 2021. The Number of forms was reduced from 25 to 5 and the Types of fees reduced from 72 to 4. The Quantum of the fee was reduced to nominal levels and delinked with the size of the drone.
The Minister said the digital sky platform shall be developed as a user-friendly single-window system and there will be minimal human interface and most permissions will be self-generated.
Mr Scindia said the Interactive airspace map with green, yellow and red zones shall be displayed on the digital sky platform very soon.
He said no permission is required for operating drones in green zones. Green zone means the airspace up to a vertical distance of 400 feet or 120 metres that has not been designated as a red zone or yellow zone in the airspace map; and the airspace up to a vertical distance of 200 feet or 60 metres above the area located between a lateral distance of 8 and 12 kilometres from the perimeter of an operational airport, the Minister added.
The Yellow zone is reduced from 45 km to 12 km from the airport perimeter. No remote pilot licence is required for micro drones (for non-commercial use) and nano drones.
These three consortium partners will fly in 16 green zones. The data generated will be announced and shared, Mr Scindia informed and said Drone delivery of medicines will be the new model for the country.