Monday, February 08, 2021

Govt allows BCCI to use drones for live cricket matches coverage in 2021

New Delhi: You will enjoy a bird's eye view of cricket matches held in India this year. Aviation authorities have allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conditionally deploy drones for live aerial cinematography of matches in 2021.

The aviation ministry had received requests from BCCI and aerial filming company Quidich to use remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for live aerial filming. Accordingly, the ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted conditional exemption to deploy drones to cover cricket matches.

Aviation ministry joint secretary Amber Dubey said: “The drone ecosystem is evolving rapidly in our country. Its utilisation is expanding from agriculture, mining, healthcare and disaster management to sports and entertainment. The granting of this permission is in line with the objectives of the government to promote the commercial use of drones in the country. Drone Rules 2021 are in the final stages of discussion with the law ministry. We are hoping to receive the approvals by March 2021.”

The conditional exemption to BCCI and Quidich is valid till December 31, 2021. “This exemption shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations are strictly adhered to. In case of violation of any condition, this exemption shall become null and void,” a statement by the ministry says.

08/02/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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