Central Mine Planning and Design Institute gets Drone Use Permission

The Ministry of Civil Aviation recently granted permission to the Central Mine Planning Design Institute to survey the coal field areas of Coal India Limited. According to the permission granted, the drones shall be deployed to monitor the mapping and surveying activity, inspection of coalfield. This is a conditional exemption and is valid till April 4, 2022.

The Standard Operating Procedure to the Central Mine Planning Design Institute for flying the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in the coalfield areas says that exemption from Ministry of Civil Aviation must be obtained from UAS Rules, 2021 before operation.

UAS Rules, 2021

  • No Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) shall carry payload except as permitted by DGCA.
  • No person shall drop from a UAS in motion.
  • Only Nano class drones can operate in India. However, a qualified remote pilot will be permitted to operate heavy drones.
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has full powers to inspect the manufacturing of Unmanned Aerial System or its maintenance facility.
  • One must be at least eighteen years old to own a drone.
  • The Food Startups have been permitted to conduct trials for drones.
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation will issue a separate set of rules to enable use of drones for delivering medical supplies or e-commerce.

Central Mine Planning and Design Institute

It is a subsidiary of Coal India Limited. It is a Public Sector Undertaking. It has been rated as a Schedule B and Mini Ratna-II company. It is engaged in field of environmental engineering and provides consultancy and engineering services all over the world.

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