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Ministry of Civil Aviation grants drone use permission to 10 organizations

Posted On: 16 AUG 2021 4:16PM by PIB Delhi

Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 to 10 organizations.

The detail of these permissions include:


S. No.

Entity Name



Government of Karnataka

Drone based aerial survey for creating urban property ownership records in Bengaluru


National Health Mission, Mumbai

For conducting experimental BVLOS drone flights to deliver essential healthcare items in tribal areas of Jawhar in Palghar district of Maharashtra 


Gangtok Smart City Development

Drone based aerial survey for Smart City Project


Steel Authority of India, IISCO Steel Plant, Burnpur, West Bengal

For conducting perimeter surveillance of the plant


Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy, Hyderabad, Telangana

For conducting remote pilot training using drones


Blue Ray Aviation, Gujarat

For conducting remote pilot training using drones


Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, Chennai

For conducting drone based aerial spraying to assess crop health & prevent crop disease


Mahindra & Mahindra, Mumbai, Maharashtra

For conducting drone based agricultural trials & precision spraying on paddy & hot pepper crop in the state of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh respectively


Bayer Crop Science, Mumbai, Maharashtra

For conducting drone based agricultural research activities & agricultural spraying 





Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune

For atmospheric research at these 5 locations:

-IITM Bhopal

-NDA, Pune

-Karad Airport

-Osmanabad Airport

- Mohammed Airfield,Farrukhabad


These exemptions are valid for a period of one year from the date of approval or until further orders, whichever is earlier and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the SOP issued by DGCA.

The link to the public notices can be accessed from the Ministry of Civil Aviation website.



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