New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued a revised draft 2021 of the Drone Rules. Compared to the draft introduced on 12 March 2021, the rules for flying drones have been simplified in this new draft and about 12 types of approvals have been canceled i.e. these approvals will no longer be required. Apart from this, now 25 forms will not have to be filled as before, instead only 6 forms will have to be filled in their place. Common people can give their opinion on the new draft till August 5.
Drone fees reduced, fines also reduced
In the new draft, the fee for flying the drone has also been reduced significantly and now the fees will not be increased or decreased depending on the size of the drone. Violation of Drone Rules 2021 will attract a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh. This fine was kept many times more than before. In case of violation of other rules, the penalty will be in addition.
Digital sky platform to be built for online permissions
A single window online system will be used and a digital sky platform will be set up to promote the professional use of drones. Most of the permissions to fly drones through this digital sky platform will be given from unmanned systems which will be self-generated. The digital sky line will be shown in the map of green, yellow and red zones to understand the rules of different areas for flying drones.
Where will the drone be able to fly
Under the Yellow Zone, there will be a radius of 12 km around the airport. Earlier this range was 25 kms. No permission will be required to fly the drone up to a height of 400 feet in the green zone. Similarly, no permission will be required to fly a drone up to 200 feet within a distance of 8 km to 12 km of the airport.
Small drones will not require permission
Micro drones, nano drones and drones of research and development organizations used for non-commercial use will not require permission. There will also be no restriction on foreign companies registered in India. Drones up to 500 kg will now be allowed instead of the 300 kg used for drone taxi etc.
Drone training school and independent cargo corridor will also be built
Official Drone Training Schools will be opened for training and testing of drones. This school will be affiliated to DGCA which will also issue Drone Pilot License online. An independent drone corridor will also be built for cargo delivery.
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