On 24 October 2020, Civil Aviation Ministry and Directorate General of Civil Aviation has given permission to the NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) to use drones to do research and inspection.

Points to Note

  • After this, National Thermal Power Corporation would be able to carry out the research and inspection at its 3 power plants located in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
  • NTPC has been granted the conditional exemption to deploy Remotely Piloted Aircraft System.
  • The conditional exemption will be valid till 31st December 2020 or until the Digital Sky Platform is fully operationalized.
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System aircraft will be used for carrying out research and inspection activities.

The 3 plants selected for the purpose are:

  1. Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station in Madhya Pradesh
  2. Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Plant in Madhya Pradesh
  3. Sipat Super Thermal Power Project in Chhattisgarh
  • The decision comply with the Central Government’s attempts to promote use of industrial drones in the sectors of infrastructure, mining, agriculture and disaster relief.


National Thermal Power Corporation will now be able to use the drones for the purpose of terrain mapping, stockpile volumetric analysis, aerial inspections and other applications at 3 sites. This would help NTPC to gather excellent data with high accuracy at the lowest cost.

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