Survey of India now has Permission to Use Drones in Villages

The use of drones will be a game-changer for accessing remote areas in villages where mapping was next to impossible. The permission from DCGA comes for the aerial mapping of villages using drones.

Survey of India now has Permission to Use Drones in Villages
Survey of India now has Permission to Use Drones in Villages

Survey of India now has Permission to Use Drones in Villages

The Survey of India has recently acquired permission to use UAVs in villages. The use of drones will be a game-changer for accessing remote areas in villages where mapping was next to impossible. The permission from DCGA comes for the aerial mapping of villages using drones. The agency got permission for the use of drones under the SVAMITVA initiative and scheme of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. The aim of this scheme is to help survey of villages and mapping with the help of advanced technology. 

This move has not only helped the Survey of India but has also enabled the government to get access to better, high-definition data that can assist in decision making and policy formulation. The goal of this initiative is to map over 6.5 lakh villages across the nation by 2024.

This scheme will also help create records of property, land ownership, and planning for the development of rural areas. Since land ownership still remains a struggle for poor farmers, this record-keeping strategy that deploys drones can help identify real owners of land and clearly identify land boundaries. It can also help the government formulate policies for the encroachment of public land and handle situations with more sensitization. 

The plan of using drones is all set to be in motion. This landmark move shall not only help governments at all levels, but they are also all set to give a boost to local technology businesses. Companies across India that manufacture drones might be able to collaborate with the government, generate more employment, and make more people aware of the drone technology. 

While there has only been an approval of permission from DCGA, critics think there are a few things the Survey of India should keep in mind. First, they should keep their objectives clear and transparent. They should also clearly define the data they are recording, the benchmark of quality, and the specifications should be clearly defined as well. 

People also think that the Survey of India should be cautious about the management of the project at this scale. Since there is a resource constraint, all resources should be directed towards execution, and minimum time and money should be spent on long managerial processes that would lead to probable failure. 

This initiative will be an important tool for governments and regulatory bodies at all levels, especially the lower levels where executions of strategies of growth and development take place.