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Food delivery in India via drones? Zomato, Swiggy, Dunzo can start testing, says DGCA

Food delivery via flying drones could soon become a reality in India. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given a nod to food startups like Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo to start testing beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) drones for deliveries.

According to a report, budget airline SpiceJet, Reliance-backed drone startup Asteria Aerospace, Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo are among 13 consortia that have received approvals from the aviation regulator to test fly drones.

Last year, India announced its plans to allow experimental long-range drone flights. The tests are likely to begin in the the first week of July. This will be India’s first step to develop local drone-based services.

This consortia will need to complete at least 100 hours of flight time in the specific airspace designated by Airport Authority of India by September 30. They have to submit their reports to the DGCA.

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