Over 30 exhibition stalls were set up at Drone Mela to showcase drones, drone applications, services and use

Giving a boost to drone production and creating awareness among people on the utility of technology like drones, India for the first time organized a ‘Drone Mela’ in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

The Mela organized on Saturday was participated by drone manufacturers, service providers, drone enthusiasts and user communities, especially students, farmers and common man of the city, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement.

Speaking on the occasion, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, said the Drone Mela is a historic day for Gwalior. “Through this we have become a witness to the new revolution. He said that in the coming future, drone technology will bring significant changes in the world's economy. It is a matter of pride that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country in advancing the use of drone technology at such a big scale,” the Civil Aviation Minister said.

Drone Mela was organized jointly by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Government of Madhya Pradesh, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Madhav Institute of Technology & Science (MITS), Gwalior, the Ministry said.

Over 30 exhibition stalls were set up to showcase drones, drone applications, services and use cases, while 12 demonstrations were conducted by organisations such as SpiceXpress/Throttle Aerospace, Asteria Aerospace Ltd, Marut Drones, Drone Destination, S. Agri Udaan Pvt Ltd, ORC tech electronics promoted by MPSEDC, BISA CIMMYT, SkyLane Dronetech Pvt Ltd, Aarav Unmanned system, the Ministry said.

Participants and youth enjoyed drone acrobatics presented by various drone companies and a high speed drone race towards the end of the programme. The programme was attended by over 10,000 people, the Ministry added.