The government released the airspace map for drone operations on Friday. Through a press release, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry said that the map is currently available on DGCA's digital sky platform at https://digitalsky.dgca.gov.in/home.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted, "Giving wings to the imminent drone revolution at breakneck speed! @MoCA_GoI has successfully managed to release the airspace maps for drones within 30 days of rolling out the new Drone Rules, all thanks to the team, as well as stakeholders at the State & industry levels."
To uplift the Indian drone sector, the central government released the liberalised Drone Rules on August 25 this year. The Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for drones was released on 15 September and the Geospatial Data Guidelines issued on 15 February. All these policy reforms are expected to contribute supernormal growth in the upcoming drone sector.
The Drones technology will provide tremendous benefits to almost all sectors of the Indian economy. These sectors include agriculture, infrastructure, mining, geo-spatial mapping, surveillance, emergency response, transportation, defence, and law enforcement. It will create employment, economic growth and development due to their reach, versatility, and ease of use, particularly in India's remote and inaccessible areas.
India has the potential of becoming a global drone hub by 2030. This sector will see an investment of over Rs 5,000 crores over the next three years and also annual sales turnover of the drone manufacturing industry may grow over Rs 900 crore in the financial year 2023-24. It is also expected to generate over employment over the next three years.
The drone airspace map shows three zones which are Green zone, Yellow zone and Red zone.
Permission is required from air traffic control authorities like AAI, IAF, Navy, HAL etc. as the case may be. The Red zone is marked as the 'no-drone zone' which means that drones can be operated only after a permission from the Government. This airspace map will be modified by authorised entities from time to time.