The ministry of civil aviation is set to allow the commercial use of drones as taxis as delivery vehicles and permit their operation beyond the visual line of sight under its drone 2.0 policy which is likely to take effect by March 2019 and open up a raft of business opportunities.
In August the ministry released its drone 1.0 policy which will make it legal for individuals and companies to operate drones from December 1 in areas other than those barred for security reasons. The ministry however held back approval of the commercial use of drone as taxis delivery vehicles and other services.
Drone 2.0 the draft of which will be released at a global aviation summit on January 15, 2019, and be open for public feedback for 30 days will make such commercial use legal. At the time it released drone 1.0 the aviation ministry had said it was open to changing its regulation as technology advances.
“We are working to get the entire drone industry launched on December 1. We are very much on track to do that” minister of civil aviation Jayant Sinha said in an interview.
“And drones will provide a whole host of application many of which are across the world, so they will become available in India and that’s through the set of regulations that we are calling drones 1.0 We also have the drone task force that’s working on drone 2.0 regulations which we think will truly be revolutionary ones India implement it. And we are hoping to implement it over the next few months.
From December 1, Operator will be able to apply for permissions and get instant approvals through a digital sky platform for the use of drones from