As per the recent reports, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked for the details from the consortium of seven companies chosen by Throttle Aerospace which have applied for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) or long-range drone experiments.
These seven companies include Zipline, Redwing, Zomato, Swiggy, Honeywell and Tata Advanced Systems. This small step by the DGCA is indicating towards a policy by the government which might allow drones for commercial and civil purposes.
This means that you might be able to receive medicines, food and other items through drones shortly.
As per the reports, the authorities also rejected the application of other 27 applicants, and the rejections were mostly on the ground of furnishing incomplete information by those companies.
It is expected that the DGCA will give approvals in the next month. The companies are expecting to begin flying from January next year.
DGCA has sought applications of the interested entities in experimental BVLOS drone operations. The last date for filing the claims was fixed to July 10.
Although, it was expected that the authorities might approve conducting experiments in August followed by two months of preparations by the entities followed by another two months for tests.
Drones can prove to be helpful in places like India, where it is challenging to supply essential goods, medicines and other things to remote areas.
Zipline and Redwing have already partnered with Maharashtra and Uttarakhand as their technology partners to deliver vaccines, drugs and blood to remote locations.
At present, the metropolitans are no fly-zone under the current Digital Sky policy.
The recent drones’ attacks on the Saudi Arabian Aramco, which destroyed more than 50% of the unit has raised the alarm to the whole international community.
The recent drone activity caught in Punjab as a part of cross terrorism has also concerned the Indian government.
Hence, it becomes essential for India to balance the technological advancements with necessary security arrangements so that no one can misuse these drones for their evil purposes.