The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will conduct a study on the feasibility of using drones to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine. The council has received permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for a feasibility study on the same.
ICMR will conduct the study in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.
The permission has been granted under “conditional exemption” of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021. In an official press release, the civil aviation ministry said that the permission exemption will be valid for a period of one year or until further orders.
This conditional drone use permission has also been granted to other civic bodies and entities for the said purpose. These bodies are municipal corporations of Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar and Rudrapur for preparation of GIS-based property database and electronic tax register; the Kota and Katni divisions of West Central Railway for train accident sites and maintaining the safety of railway assets.
“These exemptions shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations as stated for the respective entities are strictly adhered to. In case of violation of any condition, the exemption shall become null and void and action may be initiated by MoCA & DGCA” the ministry’s press release said.