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A new way of Conveyance can be Drone Delivery in India?

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As the covid pandemic and cases were extending the condition was going worse. The condition includes the rise in numbers and the rise in fear as the graveyard photos were circulating throughout WhatsApp groups. It was difficult to handle the situation because every possible help was fridged if it was business or from the individual. It was also difficult to provide health care facility/items to the large population. We required a new way of transport. And now we can say the new way of conveyance i.e. Drone Delivery.

Recently Blue Dart has formed the “Med-Express Association” for delivery of vaccines but with a new way of conveyance. Company will also deliver emergency medical supplies to the remotest parts of India via drones. So in today’s blog, we are going to know about Drone Delivery in India by Blue Dart.

The Story

Blue Dart Express Limited is an Indian logistics company which provides courier and delivery services for more than 35,000 locations in India.

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The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted the project to Blue Dart for the trial of Drone Delivery. Government has grant necessary exemptions and rights to fly drone flights on a trial basis in the parts of Telangana.

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The idea is a part of the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project. The project is in collaboration with the Government of Telangana, World Economic Forum, Niti Aayog and Health net Global.

But why?

The aim is to evaluate an alternative logistics route by providing safe, exact and trustworthy pickup and delivery of health care items. Health care items will be Covid-19 vaccines, medicines, diagnostic specimens, units of blood and other Medical tools. They will distribute from the distribution centre to destiny and will back to the base.

The trials for Drone Delivery in India are expected to begin from the end of May 2021. But the trials will begin stage wise as the guidance and clearance of Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Stage wise Operation

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The first stage for drone delivery deployment requires drones to remain in view of the operator at all the time. If the first stage passed successful, then the next stage will involve operating the drone beyond the line of sight of the operator. If these stages are completed, further clearance is required from the authorities. Authorities are Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Clearance is the last stage for the Drone Delivery trials.

“The group (Med-Express Association) aims at enabling safer, proficient and cost-effective Drone delivery flights. With efficient systems in place, it can help reduce the current logistics cost, making the healthcare logistics faster and efficient,”

said Ketan Kulkarni, CMO (chief marketing officer) and head of business development at Blue Dart.

Statements

As the company stated, Med-Express Drone flights will arrange an immersive delivery model. By this step they will also optimize the existing healthcare logistics services within Telangana. The model will enable deliveries from district medical stores, blood banks to Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), Blood Storage Units. Then further from PHCs/CHCs to Central Diagnostic laboratories.

“As an organization, Blue Dart has always been bounded with the technology of the future. It is this ability that has helped us to not only withstand the pandemic but bloom with growth. While we reach out to over 35,000 locations across the country, the current situation calls for much deeper penetration of vaccines.”

Balfour Manuel, MD, Blue Dart says

 “The project would create true and actionable insights to drive future adoption policies. And also integration with the existing healthcare supply chain policies. With covid-19 pandemic wrecking existing supply chains, adopting such troublesome technologies is the need of the time.”

Rama Devi Lanka, the director, Emerging Technologies and Officer on Special Duty (OSD), ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana, said

 “Telangana is one of the most proactive states ready to adopt rising technologies, and the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project via drones is in line with the same principles.”

Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana, said

“This project is one of the first such programs in the nation where multiple drones would fly. Establish their value proposition for the healthcare supply chain. The dream for project is to make sure healthcare equity for rural areas,”

Jayesh Ranjan added further.

So that’s all about Drone Delivery in India by Blue Dart.

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