Private Players Are Free To Use Drones To Deliver to Parliament: Government

The government is already using drone players’ services for the delivery of vaccines, as well as inspection of pipelines for oil and transmission power lines as well as other tasks.

Drones can be extremely beneficial for almost every sector of the economy, from agriculture to law enforcement MoS VK Singh

126 ITIs spread across 19 states that offer five short-term training courses in drone repair, manufacturing and maintaining: MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar

This week, the government (August 1st) advised lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha that private players are allowed to utilize drones to deliver items in accordance with Drone Rules, 2021.

In response to an question the VK Singh, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation General (Retd) VK Singh stated that the government was already making use of drones for a myriad of different purposes, such as vaccine delivery inspection of pipelines for oil as well as power transmission cables, spraying of agricultural crops among other things.

Drones are also being used by the authorities to survey mines as well as mapping land as part of the Center’s expansive Survey of Villages Abadi & Mapping with Improvised Technology for Village Areas (SVAMITVA) scheme.

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Drones provide enormous benefits to all areas in the economic. They can be used for the delivery of vaccines, agriculture surveillance, security as well as search and rescue transport, mapping, defence and law enforcement just to mention some, the minister said.

Singh added that the government had notified the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme that will encourage drone production by private companies. The announcement was made in September 2021 and offers an incentive total of INR 120 crore.

It is important to remember that the second pro forma list of PLI beneficiaries, which included 23 people, was made public last month.

In response to an distinct query, MoS for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated there were 126 training institutes(ITIs) in 19 states have completed five short-term training courses in drone manufacturing, repair and maintenance.

Gujarat is the home of the highest number of these ITIs with around 20 which is followed by Uttar Prdeash with 15 and Assam with 14. Maharashtra is the home of 12 of these ITIs While Andhra Pradesh has 11 such ITIs.

The Drones are being used more by Startups

Startups as well as other private players have demonstrated a great deal of excitement about the field of drone delivery in recent years. The month of April saw foodtech company Swiggy picked the four startups that are drone-based including Garuda Aerospace Skyeair Mobility, ANRA+TechEagle Consortia as well as Marut Dronetech – to pilot its grocery delivery program in Bengaluru and Delhi-NCR.

In January of this year, Zypp Electric also announced that it will begin drone deliveries of packages to five cities: Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi-NCR. Piramal Foundation, in collaboration with Redwing Labs, also operated drones to speed up the transportation of tuberculosis specimens in Odisha’s Kalahandi in April this year.

States like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Punjab as well as Punjab trialled long-range drone delivery on an experimental basis in June of last year. Telangana government also joined forces with the hyperlocal delivery application Dunzo in the year before to test drone deliveries of prescription drugs within the state.

The Centre has recently unveiled an array of measures designed to boost the drone manufacturing industry. From loosening drone regulations and banning imports of drones the Centre hopes to use ‘ Drone Shakti in order to drive startups out of the field.

The industry is populated with the newest players, such as ideaForge, Garuda Aerospace, IoTechWorld, Skylark Drones, among others.

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Based on Statista According to Statista, According to the Statista website, Indian drone industry earned revenue up to $19.93 million in 2022. The number is projected to increase each year at an annual compounded growth of (CAGR) that is 10.12 percent between 2022-2027.

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