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ICMR, IIT Kanpur to conduct study on drone usage for COVID-19 vaccine delivery

Civil Aviation Ministry gives nod to ICMR for the same

The Civil Aviation Ministry permitted the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct a feasibility study on using drones to deliver COVID-19 vaccine, according to an official statement. The ICMR will conduct this study in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, the ministry’s press release said.

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The ministry said it has granted conditional exemption from the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 so that it can conduct a feasibility study on using drones to deliver COVID-19 vaccine. This exemption will be valid for one year or until further orders, it noted.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has also granted conditional permission to Nagar Nigam (city municipalities) of four cities — Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar and Rudrapur — to use drones for creating property database and electronic tax register.

PTI

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