New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS): India could soon see the use of drones for transporting organs and other emergency medical supplies between hospitals under the new policy for remotely piloted aircraft, the official registration process for which began on Friday.
Speaking to reporters here, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the government is examining the possibility of creating "drone ports" in hospitals to permit this kind of transportation.
"Following the registration beginning from December 1, the required licenses will be issued from a month later to accord drones legal status in India. We are working on the next step of our drone policy where we are looking at allowing flying drones beyond the line of sight in certain areas," Sinha said.
The Minister said that a main area of consideration is the creation of drone corridors between hospitals.
"Drone ports in hospitals can allow quick transportation of harvested organs to recipients under the Drone Policy 2.0 or the next generation of our policy that was recently announced," Sinha said.
"The draft civil aviation requirement for Drone Policy 2.0 will be issued for consultation on January 15 at a global aviation summit India is hosting in Mumbai," he added.
Sinha also said that major changes are being considered in the next phase of the drone policy such as allowing a single pilot to operate multiple drones for consignment delivery in certain areas.
The government in August announced a policy and guidelines for drones designed to open up an array of opportunities in the Indian civil aviation sector.