Indian Skies to Soon See Civilian Drones as DGCA Drafts Regulatory Framework

While Amazon is even aspiring to deliver packages to American residents via drones, the concept of this controlled flying devices has remained confined to a large extent in the emerging economy of India. This was due to a 2014 direction from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that barred the use of civilian drones in Indian skies.

However, things are about to change as DGCA has drafted a regulatory framework for unmanned aerial vehicles and citizens may be allowed to use drones for both business and pleasure as soon as the final quarter of the year. Currently, a 13-member team is working on making a guideline for the implementation of the drone technology. Some of the guidelines covered are review mechanism, outcomes, timelines, implementation, and measureable metrics.

The draft was made back in November 2017 that included norms for operating drones for personal purposes and now things are materializing. According to those close to the drafting, commercial drones will have to have a unique identification numbers whereas the nano-drones, the ones with weight below 250 grams, will be able to do without one time approvals.

And while the new regulatory framework is expected to ease its commercialization, a number of restrictions are still being implemented, which will make sure that drones are used only for valid purposes. 50 kms from all international borders will be no drone zones.

Drones are highly useful in terms of surveillance of certain areas and in times when security has turned into a major concern for a number of parties, their civilian usage are expected to mount once the regulatory framework comes into effect.