Monday, November 06, 2017

State govt mulls turning Bengal into drone making hub of India

Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee-government is trying to project Bengal as a drone manufacturing hub of India. The government has already earmarked some areas in Kalyani, Falta, Naihati and Sonarpur that can be used for drone testing and demonstration. The government is also considering the proposed Sonarpur hardware manufacturing park as a preferred destination for manufacturing drones by giving plots at affordable rates. The total land area for the hardware park is 10.72 acre that has been divided into 17 plots with the total allocable area as 7.42 acre.

"We have thoroughly examined the Drone Policy of the Central government that has been recently published in the "Requirements for Operation of Civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)". Next week we will communicate in writing to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) our feedback on the policy where we will share our detailed plan on how we are planning to project Bengal as a drone manufacturing epicenter of the country," a senior official of the state Information & Technology (IT) department said.

The state government and Webel has already consulted different organisations focusing on drone manufacturing, assembling and providing training on Unmanned Aircraft flying. "We have also taken the opinion of the different authorities like Kolkata Police, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and other eminent personalities experienced in Defence and Air Operations," the official added.
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