Karnataka government departments to get drones

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Karnataka is on the verge of becoming the first state to get Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the government departments after the approval of the final draft by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), according to the reports.

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The state government decided to came up with the framework couple of months back for the use of UAS drones following recommendations by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

The framework has already got clearance from the technical committee and the committee has recommended for a pilot project to see it’s usefulness in the sector of Agriculture, water, mining etc.

“The final report will be submitted to [the chief minister, among others] and once the cabinet approves it, we will have an official UAS for Karnataka,” Gaurav Gupta, principal secretary, IT, BT and Science & Technology Department, said an official.

“The drones can be used for various purposes like town planning, quick surveillance of traffic, monitoring crowds in large congregations etc.” he added.

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The framework consists of guidelines for do’s and dont’s for operating drones. At present, there are some restrictions related to drones in the country. To operate drones legally a Unique Identification Number (UIN) is issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which is mandatory. Authorization has to be taken by various other regulatory bodies like Bureau of Civil Aviation Safety and the aerodrome operator for the process.

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