Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams- 3rd August 2018

State launches pilot drone project

  • Karnataka has now joined the ranks of States that are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones in governance.
  • The State on 2nd August launched a pilot project under which drones will be used in agriculture, urban development and policing.
  • The demonstrative application projects using drones will be taken up in an agriculture field in Kasaba hobli of Haveri to conduct a survey of extent of crops, their health status and yield in 200 square kms.
  • The drone operations will be carried out in three months during the crop life-cycle in the present kharif season.
  • Similarly, a survey of the 60 square kms in Bantwal town of Dakshina Kannada will be carried out through drones to prepare a detailed base map to provide inputs for evolving a master plan for the town.
  • The third application of drones will be in policing in Bengaluru.
  • Karnataka Science & Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) will implement the above pilot project in co-ordination with other departments concerned.
  • Agriculture Minister N.H. Shivashankara Reddy said the government was particularly interested in using drones for conducting a Statewide survey of crops and land holdings to get accurate data.
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