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Drone flying guideline gets cabinet approval

From now on, no prior permission will be required for flying drones for entertainment purposes in non-sensitive zones up to 500 feet, and for state or military purposes — as the cabinet yesterday approved “The Drone Registration and Flying Guideline, 2020”.

The approval was given at a regular weekly meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

PM joined the virtual meeting from her official Gono Bhaban residence while her cabinet colleagues were connected from the Bangladesh Secretariat in the capital.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at a virtual media briefing said: “According to the provision of The Drone Registration and Flying Guideline, 2020, no permission will be required in case of flying drones for entertainment purposes, and for any purposes of the state and military.” 

Anwarul added that the guideline has been formulated following consultation with concerned stakeholders and experts.

The proposed guideline has earmarked four categories for flying drones, said the cabinet secretary, adding that for ‘ka’ and ‘gha’ categories no prior permission would be needed.

The weight of any drone flown for amusement as toys should not exceed 5kg and cannot be flown above 500 feet from the ground, he said.

He also said flying drones for commercial purposes such as conducting survey of any land and non-commercial purposes such as research or writing a book will require prior permission from the concerned authorities.

He said the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh will define the authority from which permission should be taken for flying drones.

Replying to a query, he said locations are divided into green, yellow and red zones. Key point installations (KPI) would be considered red zone, and prior permission must be obtained for flying drones over KPIs such as airports and military areas.

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