India launches fast-track drone authorisation process during COVID-19

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have launched the Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones (GARUD) portal to provide fast track exemptions to government agencies for COVID-19 related drone operations. The portal was designed, developed, beta-tested and launched by India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) in a record period of eight days.

The exemptions include authorised entities for aerial surveillance, aerial photography and public announcements relating to COVID-19. Other activities, even if related to COVID-19, need to apply separately to the MoCA and DGCA as per normal procedure.

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