There will be no need to obtain permission for flying drones less than five kilograms. But it needs permission from the concerned office if the drone is over five kilograms. Keeping these provisions the cabinet has approved the draft in principle the ‘Drone Registration and Flying Policy 2020’.
The draft was approved in principle at the virtual cabinet meeting on Monday. Later Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam briefed the newsmen about the matter.
The Cabinet Secretary said, four categories were made for drones in the policy after taking opinions from all.
Category ‘A’ for entertainment. Children will use this type of drone as toy. It must be less than 5 kg. Over 5kg will not cover this category.
He said, category ‘B’ drones can be used by government and private organizations for non-commercial purpose. In this case the drone can be over 5 kg but there should not be any commercial view such as survey of forest, research or writing books.
Anwarul Islam said, drones for commercial use would be over 5 kg under ‘C’ category. For example it can be used for survey of land or crops or for processing industry.
Category ‘D’ drones can be used for state of military purpose. For example drones were used in Padma Bridge construction work, it is for purpose for the state.
The Cabinet Secretary said, no need to obtain permission for flying A ( for entertainment and games) and D (for state and military purpose) category drones.
He said, there are green, red and yellow zones. Toy and entertainment drones cannot be flown over 500 feet. Others need to obtain permission.
According to the policy, drone flying will be prohibited in the red zones such as airports, cantonment areas or Padma Bridge.