WITH AN INCREASING USE OF DRONES IN INDIA, THE GOVERNMENT IS IN PROCESS OF DRAFTING A POLICY TO REGULATE ITS USE.
The recent sightings of drones near various important airports in India have already warned of danger. On October 19, the pilot of Delhi-Mumbai Indigo Flight 6E-755 spotted a UAV at just 100 feet below the airplane while landing. The Mumbai Police and CISF had a very tough time in spotting the drone after the airport authorities informed them.
With an increasing of use of drones in India, what is more concerning is that the confusion that is created after spotting of the UAV by the security officials. These officials have no idea as which security agency is responsible for acting against such a drone.
A source from the CISF further explained, “Our troops are trained for anti-hijacking task for being deployed at the airport. We can deal with people, How do we deal with something which is air-borne? Further, multiple agencies work in tandem, does police have wherewithal to take a call of shooting the drone in sight, only Air Force has the capacity. But further adding with close to 100 sightings a year, no drone has been ever seized or shot down.”
This confusion is finally going to end soon with the Indian Government’s “Drone Policy” which has been in progress since many years. Top level sources indicate that the Government is almost ready for the final draft.
Similar to that of USA’s policy of drone, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also proposed that drone users have to obtain permit and a Unique Identification Number before their operation.