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Government allows BCCI to use drones to film matches

New Delhi: The Civil Aviation ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today said that they have granted conditional exemption to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the deployment of drones for live aerial cinematography of the India Cricket Season in 2021.

MoCA had received requests from BCCI & M/s Quidich pertaining to granting of request and other correspondences regarding permission to use Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for live aerial filming, the ministry said in a statement.

This would not be the first time permissions are being granted to use drones for live aerial cinematography of matches. DGCA has in the past allowed drones to be used for IPL matches too.

“The drone ecosystem is evolving rapidly in our country. Its utilization is expanding from agriculture, mining, healthcare and disaster management to sports and entertainment. The granting of this permission is in line with the objectives of the Government of India to promote the commercial use of drones in the country, Amber Dubey, joint secretary in the aviation ministry was quoted in the statement.

“The Drone Rules 2021 are in the final stages of discussion with the law ministry. We are hoping to receive the approvals by March 2021,” he further said.

The conditional exemption is valid till 31st December 2021 from the date of issue of the letter or until the full operationalization of Digital Sky Platform (Phase-1), whichever is earlier, the statement read.

“This exemption shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations as stated below are strictly adhered to. In case of violation of any condition, this exemption shall become null and void,” it added.

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