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Indian government brings more provisions to regulate drone operations

India: Indian Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri has admitted in the Upper House of the Indian Parliament that drones can pose a security risk. The government will bring in more provisions to regulate their operation, especially in no-go areas, reported PTI.

Puri said, “Yes, we have already introduced Civil Aviation Regulation in 2018 and we will, in the coming months as we progress this and devise the ecosystem, be issuing more and more regulations to regulate the operation of drones.”

Puri added, “The government is acutely conscious of the kind of security threats that drones can pose as they come in all shapes and sizes ranging from 250 grams to 250 kilograms. Therefore, we need to devise an ecosystem in overall system which is well regulated; and some of the steps that we are contemplating and which is work-in- progress is that we are trying to ensure that certain parts of the country are no-go areas or red zones,”

The Minister also emphasised that drones need to be equipped with domestic made technology and those drones that do not have the permission won’t be allowed to take-off