Use of drones to spray anti-locust pesticides has been allowed (Consultant picture)
NEW DELHI: In a attainable first, the federal government has permitted use of drones to fight the menace of desert locust invasion that’s threatening to destroy crops throughout the Afro-Asian area with border Indian states additionally badly hit.
The aviation ministry has given “conditional exemption to authorities entity to be used of remotely piloted plane system (RPAS) for anti-locust operations,” together with to spray anti-locust pesticides. The agriculture ministry had on Could 20 sought permission to make use of RPAS, or drones, for anti-locust operations, which aviation secretary PS Kharola gave the very subsequent day “in view of the urgency of the matter”.
The agriculture ministry’s directorate of plant safety, quarantine and storage (Faridabad) has been given exemption to make use of battery-operated rotary-wing drones for aerial surveillance, pictures, public bulletins and/or aerial spraying of anti-locust pesticides. The circumstances embrace that the drones getting used for the aim ought to at no time pose a risk to crops, livestock, property or another manned/unmanned plane.
Particulars of each RPA combat, together with particulars of the pesticides sprayed, must be uploaded on DGCA’s Digital Sky Platform inside seven days of enterprise the flight.
“The RPA shall not exceed a complete all-up weight of 25 kg. (It) shall be geared up with an computerized return-to-home function in case of any lack of the command-and-control hyperlink. The operation shall be restricted to a peak of 200 ft above floor stage. RPA shall be operated inside visible line of sight always.
The usage of drones for this function has been barred in locations like inside 5-km radius of airports at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad; inside three km from the perimeter of any (different) civil personal or defence airports; inside 25 km from worldwide border except written clearance is obtained from the defence ministry and inside 5 km from Vijay Chowk in Delhi.