Drone Use For Mapping In National Capital Region Gets Approval

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Representational picture of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System or drone. Source: Twitter

A Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will be used for mapping and implementation of web-based Geographical Information System (GIS) platform for Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).

This follows the granting conditional exemption to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for the deployment of RPAS for Data Acquisition in the project, which is a first of its kind in India with a design speed of 180 kmph.

The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS will be 82 km long corridor and bring down the travel time between Delhi to Meerut drastically. According to various news reports, the prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022.

Unveiling the first look of India’s first RRTS train in September, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had said that the project would be environment friendly, with energy efficient trains and help improve the quality of life in and around NCR by accelerating economic growth. The project also aims at creating economic opportunities by reducing air pollution, carbon footprint, congestion, and accidents.

On Friday, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced the granted conditional exemption for RPAS mapping.


Commenting on the development, Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, MoCA said, “Congratulations to NCRTC for receiving the drone surveillance approvals. This will help them in effective aerial surveillance and project planning. Granting of these approvals is in line with the MoCA’s objective of promoting use of drones for mass benefit.”

The conditional exemption is until December 31, 2020 or until the full operationalisation of Digital Sky Platform, whichever is earlier.

Conditions and limitations to NCRTC for mapping and implementation of Web based GIS platform for Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor using RPAS state that it obtain necessary  clearances from local administration, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Air Defence clearance from Indian Air Force and Airport Authority of India (AAl) prior to operation of RPAS.

As per the conditions laid down, the RPAS operation shall be restricted to day operations (from sunrise to sunset), within Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS). Necessary permission regarding Aerial Photography, if applicable, will have to be taken from Directorate of Regulations and Information, DGCA.

Livemint reported that with radiating stainless steel outer body, these aerodynamic RRTS trains will be lightweight and fully air-conditioned. Each car will have six automatic plug-in type wide doors, three on each side (Business Class will have four such doors, two on each side) for ease of access and exit.

The RRTS trains will have transverse 2×2 seating with adequate legroom, optimised aisle width with grab handles and grab poles for a comfortable journey for standing passengers, overhead luggage rack, mobile/laptop charging sockets and on board Wi-Fi among other commuter-centric features.


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