GOVT SOON TO COME OUT WITH DRONE TECH USE REG­U­LA­TIONS

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NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment on Mon­day said it would soon come out with a set of norms for im­ple­men­ta­tion of drone tech­nol­ogy and favoured an in­ter­na­tional drone alliance' with the ac­tive sup­port of France for tap­ping its di­verse use.

The reg­u­la­tions would be un­veiled af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with the se­cu­rity agen­cies, the man­u­fac­tur­ers, the global reg­u­la­tors and in­no­va­tors, Min­is­ter of State for Civil Avi­a­tion Jayant Sinha said at an event on Mon­day.

The min­is­ter's re­marks came in the wake the Gov­ern­ment last week set­ting up a 13-mem­ber task force under Sinha's chair­man­ship to pre­pare a roadmap and rec­om­men­da­tions for the cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments, besides the in­dus­try and re­search in­sti­tu­tions for roll­out of the tech­nol­ogy.

"We are shortly is­su­ing a set of reg­u­la­tion af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with se­cu­rity agen­cies, the man­u­fac­tur­ers, global reg­u­la­tors and in­no­va­tors, the min­is­ter said at the Indo-french De­fence and Aero­space Co­op­er­a­tion meet here or­gan­ised by CII.

Why don't In­dia and France take up the lead­er­ship as far as drones are con­cerned where stan­dards, tech­nol­ogy, con­trol pa­ram­e­ters has to be har­monised and per­haps cre­ate in­ter­na­tional drone alliance where we can come to­gether and fig­ure out how the stan­dards can be har­monised, he sug­gested.

A bat­tery of lead­ers from the de­fence and aero­space in­dus­tries of both In­dia and France at­tended the event. French Am­bas­sador to In­dia Alexan­dre Ziegler was also present.

The alliance, the min­is­ter said, can be worked out much on the lines of the suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional so­lar alliance pi­o­neered by In­dia.

Seek­ing ac­tive French sup­port for the flour­ish­ing civil avi­a­tion sec­tor in the coun­try, Sinha said In­dia can be a pro­duc­tion plat­form for French man­u­fac­tur­ers, who can reap from the unique re­quire­ments of the coun­try like the de­vel­op­ment of grow­ing de­mands of tur­bo­prop air­craft for the re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity pro­gramme.

He said the po­ten­tial of the col­lab­o­ra­tion and busi­ness link­ages be­tween the two coun­tries is ex­tra­or­di­nary and fore­saw a time when the joint col­lab­o­ra­tions could see the de­vel­op­ment of air rick­shaws' in In­dia, re­duc­ing the travel time be­tween Delhi to Gu­ru­gram to just 30 min­utes.

The min­is­ter also stressed upon the French side to have a per­spec­tive plan for In­dia go­ing be­yond 50 years in keep­ing with the coun­try's fast pace de­vel­op­ment and in­di­an­i­sa­tion of op­er­a­tions to suc­ceed in In­dian mar­ket as well as be­come a global player.

The avi­a­tion sec­tor, he said is grow­ing at a rate of 20 per cent and over 900 planes would be added to the In­dian sky in the next 10 years from 550 air­craft at present. One bil­lion trips per an­num is also the tar­get of the gov­ern­ment with sup­port­ing in­fras­truc­ture and hence the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the air­port ecosys­tem in im­mense, he said.

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