Telangana has published a comprehensive draft policy for the use of UAVs in the state, meaning it could be ready to support BVLOS missions.
It wants to do so as a means of accelerating the adoption of commercial drone operations in India.
As per the Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department of the Government of Telangana, the state wants to achieve the status of ‘BVLOS Compliant’ geography, becoming the first Indian state to support commercial drone deliveries.
The Government of Telangana has therefore submitted a proposal seeking certification to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) along with private drone industry players Terra Drone India, Zipline, and Marut Drones.
The Department is also in the final stages of conceptualizing a ‘Telangana Drone City’, wherein an entire ecosystem will be developed only for the support of RPAS technologies.
Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary of industries, commerce, and ITE&C, commented: “The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites.”
Adding: “During our internal evaluations and brainstorming sessions with drone operators based in Telangana, we came to the conclusion that BVLOS operations, if conducted within a regulated framework of safety in consultation with law enforcement agencies, are crucial to tap into the true potential of drone technologies. The induction of these technologies into mainstream administration and governance delivery can make a remarkable positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens.”