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India: Regulations for BVLOS drone flights “could come in 10 to 12 months,” says Jyotiraditya Scindia

By Chris Stonor

Indian Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, stated this week, that the government could bring regulations forward for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights of drones to the next 10 to 12 months, reports moneycontrol.com.

Speaking at a live Q&A session on Drone Application in India, Scindia also said that the Indian government will set up new air corridors for cargo delivery. The present corridors are being used for general flights and helicopters. Scindia affirmed, “The government will set up new air spaces so that there are corridors for cargo delivery.”

The Ministry of Civil Aviation back in May had allowed 20 groups including Dunzo Air Consortium, Spicejet, Skylark Drones & Swiggy to conduct BVLOS experimental flights of drones.

Jyotiraditya Scindia

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement, “The preliminary permission grant is envisioned to assist the supplementary framework development of subsequent UAV rules pertaining to Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations.” Adding, “BVLOS trials will help create a framework for future drone deliveries and other major applications using drones.”

The government has also constituted a ‘BVLOS Experiment Assessment and Monitoring (BEAM) Committee’ to invite Expression of Interest (EOI) to undertake BVLOS experimental flights of drones. Last month, Telangana became the first state in the country to embark on BVLOS flights to deliver a payload comprising vaccines for the state’s ambitious ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project.

Scindia had then said that the project would be taken up on a pilot basis in 16 green zones in Telangana and later scaled up on the national level based on data.

(News Source: https://www.moneycontrol.com/)

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