Saturday, October 12, 2019

Safety concerns over two lakh illegal drones in India: Experts

Hyderabad: Raising concerns over safety aspects, experts said over two lakh illegal drones are operating in India and only 800 are approved by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

They also pointed out that most of the drones used in weddings are illegal, while drone manufacturers said the draconian laws are hitting the industry hard.

Speaking at the Indian School of Business (ISB) digital identity research initiative conference here on Friday, Mrigank Singh of Atal Incubation Centre, ISB, said there are around two lakh illegal drones in the country, whereas DGCA has approved only 800 drones.

He said only five companies manufacturing drones are compliant with DGCA rules. “Local police can issue an NOC and it is DGCA which has to issue a licence to operate a drone,” he said.

Experts also raised the issue of insurance for drones and called for mandatory liability. Singh explained that insurance companies are not willing to insure drones and even third party insurance is not available in case of a mishap.

“Representatives of the ministry of home affairs have attended only one out of 10 consultation meetings on drone regulations. All the departments work in isolation and there is a need for a mission-mode approach,” he stressed.
12/10/19 U Sudhakar Reddy/Times of India
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