Express News Service

CHENNAI:  If everything goes as per the Tamil Nadu Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Corporation’s (TNUAVC) plan, each village panchayat in Tamil Nadu will have a drone unit within the next three years.
The ambitious plan to set up the units, if materialised, will help the villages in agricultural works like spraying of pesticides, and in disaster management, land survey, mining, monitoring of works, and revenue mapping among others, said officials.

The TNUAVC, which is operating inside the Anna University campus, was launched in January this year. Within four months, it has trained over 200 drone pilots and aims to train 600 more to fly drones of different weights by this December.

K Senthil Kumar, director and CEO of TNUAVC, said, “To ensure that 15,000 villages in TN are able to utilise drones for agricultural and other purposes, we need to have adequate manpower. A multi-pronged approach has been chalked out to create an ecosystem for the…