Aug. 18, 2021
The Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday gave conditional permission to
10 organisations, including Mahindra and Mahindra, Tractors and
Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) and Bayer Crop Science, to use drones for various purposes.
a statement, the ministry said the Karnataka government is one of the
10 organisations and it has got the permission to conduct “drone based
aerial survey for creating urban property ownership records in
Mahindra and Mahindra has got permission to conduct
“drone-based agricultural trials” and use drones for precision spraying
on paddy and hot pepper crop in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, it
Two organisations—Gujarat-based Blue Ray Aviation and
Telangana-based Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy—have been permitted
to conduct “remote pilot training using drones”, the ministry’s
Bayer Crop Science has got the permission to
conduct “drone-based agricultural research activities” and use drones
for agricultural spraying, it mentioned.
The National Health
Mission in Mumbai has also got the permission to conduct experimental
BVLOS (beyond visual line-of-sight) drone flights to deliver essential
healthcare items in tribal areas of Jawhar in Palghar district of
Gangtok Smart City Development has got the
permission for drone-based aerial survey for its smart city project, the
ministry’s statement mentioned.
It said SAIL has got the
permission to use drones to conduct “perimeter surveillance” of its
steel plant in Burnpur, West Bengal.
Chennai-based Tractors and
Farm Equipment Limited has got the permission to conduct “drone-based
aerial spraying” to assess crop health and prevent crop disease.
ministry said Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology to
conduct atmospheric research at five different locations in the country.
ministry said it has granted conditional exemption to the
aforementioned 10 organisations from the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Rules, 2021, and it is ‘valid for a period of one year from the date of
approval or until further orders’.