The Central Government has given conditional permission to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to deploy drones for live aerial cinematography of tournaments to be held under the upcoming cricket season including its flagship event – the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Ministry of Civil Aviation has given BCCI and drone operator Quid permission to use the drone until the end of the year, as it has received a request to allow the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for filming live aerotrols.
The first event to be covered by the drone will be the IPL starting in April this year. Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation said, ‘The drone ecosystem is developing rapidly in our country. Its use is spreading from agriculture, mining, healthcare and disaster management to sports and recreation. ‘
He said, “This permission is in line with the objectives of the Government of India to promote commercial use of drones in the country.”
According to Dubey, drone rules 2021 are in the final stages of discussion with the Law Ministry. We hope to get approval by March 2021. ‘
The Mumbai Police is extremely cautious about drones for various reasons, including a busy international airport and the mini Juhu Airport in the heart of the city, plus major defense installations and other sensitive locations in and around the city. The validity of the conditional permission will be till December 31, 2021 only, subject to strict compliance of all conditions and limitations by the authorities and any violation can be termed as void.
In addition, the BCCI will have to seek approval from the local administration, defense extension, Indian Air Force and the Airport Authority before operating the drone. Quidditch can only operate the RPAS model specified by the authorities within the designated area, and any changes will require the approval of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The BCCI will ensure that only trained and experienced bonafide personnel operate the drone. RPAS should be in full working condition, maintaining a record of the flight etc. of each drone. Other permissions to do aerial photography will be obtained by the BCCI from the DGCA and the Ministry of Defense and only the photos / videos captured by the drone will be used by the BCCI.