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Commercial use of drones likely to take some time; few layers of testing are still pending, say govt officials

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While the government’s draft Drone Rules 2021 is a big step in easing regulations to promote the sale and manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in India, the country is still a while away from permitting the commercial use of drones.

``We are testing them in open spaces such as agricultural fields, mines, pipelines, disaster relief, transmission towers etc, where they are hugely beneficial," a government official told Moneycontrol.

However, before the commercial use of drones can be allowed, especially in densely populated urban areas, all safety and privacy issues must be addressed, the official said.

Visual line of delivery 

Flying drones beyond visual line of sight or for delivery of goods has not been granted permission under the new proposed rules in India.

They can be used to conduct surveys, for photography, security, information gathering purposes, disaster management, and surveillance operations.

The major issues that need to be addressed include operation of drones around army cantonments and other high security areas.

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