While the draft guidelines and ensuing public consultation are good progress towards the end goal of opening the national airspace to civilian use of drones, placing multiple clearance requirements to obtain a registration for drones of all weight categories, especially the smaller nano, micro and mini drones are too stringent. Given the wide spectrum of benefits drones can serve, the regulations must be amended so as to encourage the operators and domestic manufacturers of drones rather than taking a far too paranoid approach.
Anirudh Rastogi is a lawyer and founding partner at Tanikella Rastogi Associates (TRA). Anirudh holds a Masters' degree in law from Harvard, is qualified to practice in the State of New York and India, and is the author of a book on cyber laws.
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