The draft rules have been declared at a time when the use of drones has grown due to a coronavirus lockdown for missions like surveillance, disinfection, and videography.
The Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday issued draft rules for manufacturing and using drones in the nation, suggesting that an authorized manufacturer or importer can trade its devices only to an individual or entity licensed by the aviation regulator DGCA.
An authorized unmanned aircraft system importer or manufacturer must not trade a UAS to any person besides an authorized trader or owner.
The draft stated the DGCA would have the power to examine a UAS manufacturing or maintenance facility before allowing any permission under these rules.
“No UAS shall operate in India unless there is in existence a valid third party insurance policy to cover the liability that may arise on account of a mishap involving such UAS,” the draft rules added.
No UAS should carry any payload except as authorized by the DGCA.
Only Nano class drones, which are lighter than 250 grams, will be permitted to administer in India in general, the draft rules affirmed, adding that only a “qualified remote pilot” will be permitted to operate heavier drones.
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