This is the new guideline for flying drones in Delhi-NCR; you can’t fly them near Rashtrapati Bhavan


In new draft guidelines, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is planning to register all civil Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or drones.

The DGCA stated that all unmanned aircrafts that operate in India will require a Unique Identification Number (UIN), which will be issued by the aviation regulator and on case-to-case basis only.

Also, drones will not be permitted in entire air space of Delhi-NCR and they can’t fly within 30 kilometres radius from Rashtrapati Bhavan and 50 kilometres from the international borders.

“Also, UA shall not be flown over other sensitive locations such as nuclear stations, military facilities and strategic locations,” DGCA statement said.

“Civilian use of UAS includes damage assessment of property and life in areas affected with natural calamities, surveys; critical infrastructure monitoring. UA operations present problems to the regulator in terms of ensuring safety of other users of airspace and persons on the ground,” the DGCA said.

The UIN can be granted only to a citizen of India or a company or a body corporate provided that it is registered and has its principal place of business within India, its chairman and at least two-thirds of its directors are citizens of India and its substantial ownership and effective control is vested in Indian nationals.

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