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BCCI gets nod to use a drone for live match

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has approved the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) request to use a drone for live aerial cinematography of cricket matches till 31, December.

In a statement issued, MoCA said, “It had received a request from BCCI and drone startup Quidich Innovation Labs for permission to use remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for live aerial filming.”

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“MoCA and Directorate General of Civil aviation (DGCA) has granted a conditional exemption to BCCI for development of drones for live aerial cinematography of Indian cricket season during 202. This will be valid till 31 December or until the full operationalization of Digital Sky Platform (Phase-1), an online platform for handling drone applications and permissions,” it added.

Speaking on the development, Amber Dubey, a joint secretary at MoCA, said, “The drone ecosystem is evolving rapidly in our country. Its utilization is expanding from agriculture, mining, healthcare, and disaster management to sports and entertainment.”

“The Drone Rules 2021 are in the final stages of discussion with the law ministry. We hope to receive the approvals by March 2021,” he added.

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