Saturday, October 10, 2020

Now, Odisha Mining Corp allowed to use drones for surveying mines

New Delhi: The scope of drone usage is increasing by the day in India. Aviation authorities have now permitted Odisha Mining Corp Ltd (OMCL) to use fixed wing remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to do aerial survey of its mines at Daitari, South Kaliapani and Kodingamali. This nod comes after the aviation ministry and DGCA in recent months allowed IndianOil’s Corp (IOC) to use drones for aerial surveillance on its Delhi-Panipat pipeline and using them for fighting the menace of desert locusts by spraying of pesticides.

“Fixed wing drones were hitherto not permitted. A successful use case by OMC(L) may open up more such opportunities,” a senior aviation ministry official said. While granting permission, the authorities have asked OMCL to take all safety precautions while operating the drones.

09/10/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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