Odisha police imposes new rules to fly drones

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Bhubaneswar: New regulations have been imposed by the Odisha Police regarding the use of drones in the State following the Civil Aviation Ministry’s introduction of the rules on December 1.

According to sources, the users will now have to take permission from the local police in order to fly Nano Drones. The users are also required to submit a written statement assuring that the drone will not invade the privacy of any person.

Flying drones without the police permission will be considered illegal and action will be taken against the owner of the drone, the Odisha Police said.

Notably, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on December 1, launched a new Digital Sky Platform on its official website for granting permission for civil use of drones.

The DGCA has defined five different categories of drones as Nano, Micro, Small, Medium and Large.

Nano drones: Nano drones which are less than or equal to 250 grams does not need a registration or licence. All the other categories will need a registration following which a unique identification number (UIN) or Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) will be issued by the DGCA.

In order to get a UIN, the user will have to a pay a fee of Rs 1,000. To get a fresh UAOP, which is valid for five years, the cost is Rs 25,000, whereas to renew a UAOP it will cost one Rs 10,000.

Micro drones: Drones heavier than 250 grams and less than or equal to 2 kg falls in the category of micro drones. While getting a UNI is compulsory, UAOP will be needed only when it is being flown above 200 feet. Users are required to alert the local police about the flying 24-hours prior to the activity.

Small drone: Drones with more than 2 kg and up to 25 kg falls in the category and require both UIN and UAOP.

Medium drone: Drones most likely meant for industrial or agriculture use weighing more than 25 kg and less than or equal to 150 kg fall in the group.

Large drones: These drones weigh more than 150 kg and are meant for industrial use.

Earlier, Odisha police had procured two drone cameras worth Rs 15 lakh each for the surveillance of Bhubaneswar city and Gurupriya Bridge along with the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district.

Reports claim that around 500 drones are being used by private owners across the state. The private drones are mainly used for wedding, films, TV shows and documentaries, and political events.

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