Ministry of Aviation issues draft rules to ease drone usage in India

The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced draft rules to ensure ease the usage of drones in India.
The number of forms to be filled to operate drones in India has decreased to six in draft Drone Rules, 2021 compared to 25 forms specified in the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021.
The UAS Rules, 2021, came into force on March 12, 2021. The Drone Rules, 2021, once published, will replace the UAS Rules, 2021.
The fee has been decreased to nominal levels and de-linked from the drone size.
Flight permission will not be needed up to 200 ft in the area between 8 and 12 km from the airport perimeter and up to 400 ft in green zones.
The draft rules have directed simpler processes for the transfer and deregistration of drones.
Rules are based on self-certification, trust and non-intrusive monitoring.
Public can present their comments on the draft rules before August 5.

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