ICMR To Use Drones For Feasibility Study Of COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery

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The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said it had permitted the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct a feasibility study on using drones to deliver COVID-19 vaccine.

In a  statement, the Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday said it has granted ‘conditional exemption’ from the “Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021” so that it can conduct a feasibility study on using drones to deliver COVID-19 vaccine.

ICMR-IIT Joint Study

The ICMR will conduct this study in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, the ministry’s press release said. This exemption will be valid for a period of one year or until further orders, it noted.

The Ministry said that it had also granted permissions to Nagar Nigam of Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar and Rudrapur for preparation of GIS based property database and electronic tax register.

Similarly, West Central Railway, (WCR) Kota has been granted permissions for use of drone at train accident site and for maintaining safety and security of the railway assets for a period of one year from the date of issue of the letter.

Likewise, West Central Railway, (WCR) Katni has also been allowed to use drones for train accident site monitoring and maintaining safety and security of the railway assets for a period of one year from the date of issue of the letter.

In addition to these, Vedanta Ltd. (Cairn Oil & Gas) also received the conditional drone usage exemption for data acquisition for asset inspecting and mapping till April 8, 2022.

These exemptions shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations as stated for the respective entities are strictly adhered to. In case of violation of any condition, the exemption shall become null and void and action may be initiated by MoCA and DGCA.

The links of the public notice of the drone usage permission grant to the aforementioned entities can be accessed from the MoCA website.

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

Drone Permissions Granted

  • Nagar Nigam of Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar & Rudrapur for preparation of GIS based property database & electronic tax register.
  • West Central Railway, (WCR) Kota for train accident site & maintaining safety & security of the railway assets for a period of one year from the date of issue of the letter.
  • West Central Railway, (WCR) Katni for train accident site & maintaining safety & security of the railway assets for a period of one year from the date of issue of the letter.

 

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