Monday, January 06, 2020

Ease of regulations to open up skies for drones in India: DFI

New Delhi: Indian drone manufacturers have all the ingredients to be at par with the world in developing top-of-the-line unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) but unfortunately, lack of friendly regulations have kept the industry away from a perfect take-off to date, Rahat Kulshreshtha, President of the Drone Federation of India (DFI), a non-profit industry body, said here on Monday.

Unlike other countries, India has a very stringent drone policy.

"We have seen in a bit of derailment with the timeline because regulations are not yet ready for the drone industry, which, frankly, is a complicated thing to work on," Kulshreshtha told IANS on the sidelines of the ''Drone Festival of India 2020'' here.

"Regulations have slowed down the industry as investors have been wary of infusing funds into the startups to date.

"We are running slightly slow on the timeline at the momentum but today, we have got good commitment from Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri that the government is working on the regulations and would solve it together with the relevant stakeholders," Kulshreshtha noted.

IANS reported last week that India will soon conduct ''Beyond Visual Line of Sight'' (BVLOS) test flights of drone systems for the creation of last-mile air delivery connectivity in the country.

On Monday, Puri confirmed this, saying that the experiments to study the operations of commercial drones which operate beyond the BVLOS range would be carried out in January.
06/01/20 IANS/Outlook
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