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Green zone sites approved for NPNT (No-permission-No-Takeoff) compliant drone operations

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    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Economy
  • Published
    2nd Jun, 2021

Context

Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted permission of “No-Permission-No-Takeoff' (NPNT) compliant drone operations at 166 additional green zones in the country.

  • The decision was taken to facilitate, smoothen, and promote drone operations in the country.
  • About the Green zones Approved
  • The approved sites allow drone usage up to 400 ft Above Ground Level (AGL).

 “No Permission, No Takeoff” (NPNT)

  • NPNT operators need to request permission to fly via a mobile app.
  • As per DGCA, If a drone pilot tries to fly without receiving permission from the Digital Sky Platform they will not be able to operate.
  • The framework mandates users to register on the online portal that acts as the national unmanned traffic management system for remotely piloted aircraft.
  • Flying in these approved ‘green-zones’ will require only intimation of the time and location of the flights via the Digital Sky portal or the app.

Green zones

  • They are also known as “ecodistricts”.
  • They are stationary or floating districts created by a local government to promote sustainable practices, to help reduce environmental impacts, and to help revitalize an area.
  • Green zones are areas that provide local governments with the flexibility to focus on a variety of issues related to sustainability.
  • Drone flights in the green zone sites shall be compliant with the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021, and other relevant orders/ guidelines issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

States wise list of the approved green zone sites:

State

Number of sites

Andhra Pradesh

04

Chhattisgarh

17

Gujarat

02

Jharkhand

30

Karnataka

06

Madhya Pradesh

24

Maharashtra

22

Odisha

30

Punjab

01

Rajasthan

06

Tamil Nadu

07

Telangana

09

Uttar Pradesh

08