Hyderabad: Aligning with the objectives of the Central government to promote the use of drones in the country, the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 2 April granted conditional exemption to Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Rajendranagar, to use drones.

The exemption has been granted for the evaluation and standardization of plant protection solutions, agri spraying, and developing protocols for the diagnosis of major pests and diseases in PJTSAU research farms in Telangana.

The conditional exemption is valid till 16 March 2022 from the date of issue of the letter or until the full operationalization of Digital Sky Platform (phase-1), whichever is earlier.

The ministry also set conditions and limitations to the PJTSAU and Marut Dronetech, Hyderabad, for the use of drones. The university and Marut Dronetech will be responsible for the safe operation and legal issue, if any, on account of any damage to any person or property. The DGCA and MOCA will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential loss or damage to any life or property arising from or related to this activity.

The drone use exemption will be valid only if all conditions and limitations are strictly adhered to. In case of violation of any condition, the exemption shall become null and void. Also, if at any time during the period any violations are found then the approval may be altered, suspended, or cancelled without giving any reasons.

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