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Telangana Industries and IT Minister KT Rama Rao have teamed up with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network on Thursday to launch and deliver emergency medical supplies like vaccines and blood through drones.
Medicine from the Sky is the project dubbed, and the pilot test will be done in partnership with State government and HealthNet Global Limited.
The project will facilitate healthcare supply chains by focusing on last-mile deliveries that affect the medical distribution system.
Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Telangana
“We hope that through this pilot (project) with the World Economic Forum, we can inform the Centre on the regulations that can help us positively use drones and unlock the potential of India by harnessing technology.”
The project will cater an evidence-based approach for the implementation of drones in the healthcare system.
These drones can be operated over 18 years of age. The candidate should clear the Class X examination in English and should undergo DGCA ground and practical training.
Drone operators should continue to take permission from ATC (Air Traffic Control), ADC (Air Defence Clearance), and FIC (Flight Information Centre).
The DGCA has explained that no remote pilot can be operated more than one drone and cannot be flown within the 5 km of the perimeters of the airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad and 3 km from the edge of any other airport.
These should be flown within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) and should be fly only in daytime.