From being the ‘Eye in the Sky’ to monitor people during lockdown in Covid times, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), popularly known as drones, are now transforming into carriers of life-saving Covid-19 jabs and medical supplies to far-flung places of the world.
Even in Telangana, pilot projects are about to commence as part of efforts to devise a system for efficient transportation of vaccines and medical supplies, especially in remote areas where logistics remains a major challenge.
Telangana has recently received permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to operate drones ‘Beyond Visual Line of Sight’ (BVLOS) for its ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project for a year. The approvals come at a time when India is struggling to ramp up its Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The `Medicine from the Sky’ project was launched in late 2019 in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF). The EoI, that was released during the Centre and Telangana government’s…