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Delivery of goods by drones to boost logistics capabilities

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delivery and pick up of goods by drones will boost logistic capabilities in the country, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said Tuesday.

Flying of drones for civilian purposes would be legal from December 1.

"E-commerce has already tasted success in India. Delivery & pick up of goods by drones will boost logistic capabilities & the viability of many-to-many commerce.

"Facilitating drone delivery will need developing an entirely new logistics support system," the Civil Aviation Ministry said in a series of tweets quoting Sinha.

Sinha is the Minister of State for Civil Aviation.

According to him, drafting of the drone regulations through Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) has taken long time "due to rapidly evolving drone, many countries are in trial mode with drone regulations, no ICAO ethics have been settled & India's security environment requires extra precautions".

ICAO is the UN aviation watchdog.

The vital aspect of regulatory rule-making process is to allow safezones for experimentation in cases of fast-evolving new technologies, the minister said.

He also noted that these regulations have been developed methodically so that we can establish a world leading drone ecosystem in India.

"Research reports estimate that the drone-driven market globally will soon be more than $10 billion. In India, various experts estimate that market opportunities could soon exceed hundreds of billions of rupees," Sinha said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Tue, September 18 2018. 22:50 IST