Drone Industry: Indigenous drone industry to grow with land ownership scheme
In India, the land map will now be prepared with drones, which will lead to developing the indigenous drone industry. The survey department will prepare the land map and hand over the complete data to the state governments. Based on these figures, local governments will decide the ownership of the land.
New Delhi: The central government’s plan to decide the ownership of land by drawing a map of populated areas in rural areas with drones. This will increase the demand for drone manufacturing and drone operators in the country. This will be very helpful in promoting the indigenous drone industry in the long run.
The estate scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Day in April this year. The implementation responsibility was given to the Survey Department of India, which would map the land and hand over the complete data to the state governments. Based on these figures, local governments will decide the ownership of the land.
In a webinar organised today by the FICCI, Registrar General of India Greesh Kumar said that under the scheme, a complete map of areas with a population of more than six lakh villages of the country will be prepared. This would require a large number of drones.
Opportunity to start-up
Registrar General of India Greesh Kumar said that the Indian drone industry is still in the initial stage. No start-up company will be able to supply such a large number of drones. Therefore, instead of issuing tenders for large orders, small order tenders will be issued to give a chance to start-ups. He clarified that no compromise would be made in terms of quality and safety.
He said that the map preparation work is expected to last for about five years under the plan. A large number of drone pilots will also be needed during this period. Not only must operators have knowledge of drone operations, but they must also have basic knowledge of map preparation as per the requirements of the project. There is no such institute in the country where such training is being provided. In view of this, the Survey Department has decided to develop training courses on its own for the purpose.
Lieutenant General (Rtd) Greesh Kumar said the scheme was launched on the basis of an experiment in Maharashtra. After this, it has been also experimented in some other states. The error in preparing this map will be less than 10 cm.
How to draw a map with a drone
The drone will also have GPS to mark the dimensions of a plot and where there is a concrete wall between the land of two people, its ownership will be decided only through videography and where two or more families have open land, there will be a map of the drone after drawing a line on the ground.
Ambar Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, said that there is a lot of potential for the use of drones in the country. He said that to tackle locusts in Rajasthan, the state government had sought permission for spraying chemicals from drones. It was approved by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in less than a day.
Mr. Dubey said that besides making maps, drones can be used in areas such as agriculture, health, disaster management, law and order and infrastructure. The government is also considering allowing drones to fly beyond sight and fly at night.