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‘People cancelling bookings, no one wants the trouble of getting extra permissions’

After two drones dropped explosives on the IAF Station in Jammu, the UT Administration has restricted the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles by civilians in J&K. Where they are still allowed, operators need to get registered with officials.

Have the restrictions affected your business?

Definitely, but national interest comes first. In Jammu district alone, there are 39 registered private establishments using drones for shooting weddings and other functions. Though our drones are already registered, we now need additional permissions. This will not be easy, especially when one has to shoot in multiple locations.

So, what do you plan on doing now?

I will have to look for alternatives… Earlier, we earned Rs 30,000-40,000 per month through drone bookings. But now people are cancelling as no one wants the trouble of seeking permissions. But without drones, to cover a big venue, we would need more men and equipment, which will add to costs.

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Source: indianexpress.com