MoCA and DGCA Allowed NTPC To Use Drones For Research & Inspection.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given permission to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to use drones to do research and inspection. This decision was taken on October 24, 2020.


  • After this, NTPC would be able to carry out the research and inspection at its three power plants located in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
  • The NTPC has been granted the conditional exemption to deploy Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).
  • The conditional exemption will be valid till December 31, 2020 or until the the Digital Sky Platform is fully operationalized.
  • The RPAS aircraft will be used for carrying out research and inspection activities.
  • The three plants selected for the purpose are:
  1. Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station, Madhya Pradesh
  2. Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Plant, Madhya Pradesh and
  3. Sipat Super Thermal Power Project, Chhattisgarh
  • The decision comply with the Government of India’s attempts to promote use of industrial drones in the sectors of infrastructure, mining, agriculture and disaster relief.


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