No Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) shall be allowed to fly inside 25 kilometres from the worldwide border together with the Line of Control (LoC), Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL), stated the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday.
Replying to an unstarred query relating to the regulation of drones, Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh knowledgeable the Lok Sabha that Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 have been notified on March 12, 2021.
“The rules cover the various aspects of drone usage viz, registration, ownership, transfer, import, operation of drone traffic management, payment of fees and penalties etc. All civilian drone activities are regulated by the UAS Rules, 2021,” reads the Civil Aviation Ministry”s reply.
On whether or not the federal government distinguishes between drones used for skilled videography and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) used for defence functions, the Ministry clarified that the provisions of UAS Rules, 2021 are relevant to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for civilian functions together with skilled videography. The operation of UAVs for defence functions will not be coated beneath UAS Rules, 2021.
On the query of whether or not the federal government proposes to manage the utilization of drones extra strictly in border states and UTs like Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh as in comparison with hinterlands and different main vacationer locations, the Civil Aviation Ministry stated, “As per Rule 37(2)(e) under UAS Rules, 2021, no UAS shall be flown within 25 kilometre from the international border which includes Line of Control (LoC), Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL). As per Rule 37(3) of the UAS Rules, 2021, use of drones in restricted areas is permissible only after the approval of the Central Government, in exceptional circumstances.”
The ministry additional stated with a view to counter the specter of non-compliant drones within the nation, essential Standard (*25*) Procedure (SOP) has been issued on May 10, 2019 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which incorporates measures to be taken by the central and the state governments, in session with safety businesses.
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