To fly a drone anywhere in India, you need to take permission from the department of Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Without the permission, flying a drone anywhere in India, for whatever purpose it might be, is completely illegal and against the law.
But for some good reasons, the citizens of India don’t understand this simple fact. They believe, flying a drone is just like flying any other toy helicopter or something. They don’t realize how dangerous it can be. They don’t complete all the requirements that are necessary to be done, once you buy a drone. No drone owner in India has any legal documents for his/her drone. They don’t get the insurance done, they don’t take the permission from DGCA, they don’t notify the Airport Authority of India (AAI), nor do they get their drone certified.
The worst part is, the administration also is as knowledgeable as the common man in this case. They have no idea about the fact, that they don’t hold any authority to allow anyone to fly a drone without the permission from DGCA.
Flying Drones In Kullu
Kullu, a small town in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in Northern India, has been witnessing drones being flown for photography and videography purposes, which is completely against the law. And the administration there is so good, that they don’t pay any heed to it. Why? Because they don’t know about it. They don’t know the legal procedure required to be fulfilled to fly a drone in India.
One such case was during the International Dussehra Festival in 2016 where the administration allowed the flying of drones for videography purpose. No one knew the exact procedure and thought that they are the alma maters in this case. So the drone was flown for a period of 7 days. Though it didn’t turn down well as a complaint was made against the same, but there have been no actions taken till date.
There have been many such instances where drones were used for videography purposes by the local photographers and also those who came for shooting a movie.
Another case happened recently in the same town. There will still be no action taken against the administration or anyone concerned, as that is what is quite common in our nation.
Many cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, etc. also have had cases where drones have been used for photography purposes. But no one seems to be interested in paying any attention to this serious matter that breaches the rules and regulations of the nation.