India is looking at forming a global drone alliance on the lines of the International Solar Alliance wherein the member countries will accept regulations made collectively for drones, a senior government official said Friday.
"We are looking to form a drone alliance, something like the solar alliance, wherein all the member countries will accept regulations made collectively," Shefali Juneja, who is a Joint Secretary at the ministry, said.
"Drones are here to stay. They will be feeding the start ups. By December, mapping of the country will be done. Nano and micro drones will be up in the sky at 400 feet," Juneja said.
The summit is scheduled for January 15-16 next year.
Drones have been classified into Nano, Micro, Small, Medium, and Large categories.
The ministry has constituted a task-force on the recommendation of Drone Policy 2.0. The framework for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or drones is expected to include regulatory architecture for autonomous flying, delivery via drones and beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights.
(With inputs from agencies.)