Drone Regulations: First Step Towards Commercial Use


SESSION: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM (IST)


The Director General of Civil Aviation (“DGCA”) issued the Civil Aviation Requirements for Remotely Piloted Aircrafts Systems (“Drone Regulations”) on August 27, 2018. Ending a long period of ambiguity and paving the way for the legalization of drone operations in India. This development will create many new opportunities for the Indian economy vis-à-vis adoption of drone applications in industries such as health care, disaster management, security management, agriculture, infrastructure maintenance, insurance and others.

To further liberalize the regime and tap the potential uses of drones especially for commercial purposes, the Ministry of Civil Aviation constituted a drone task-force under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation. Accordingly, the Drone Ecosystem Policy Roadmap was released which aims to foster innovation in the UAS market by enabling commercial use of UAS including autonomous UAS and expanding its operability beyond visual line of sight. Further, it also seeks to provide a level playing field to the foreign players interested to make investments in India and give a boost to the development of the UAV industry.

We cordially invite you to be a part of our Webinar to engage in a dialogue on the various issues related to drones, both domestically as well as internationally, from a legal, tax and investment perspective.

Our detailed analysis of the Drone Regulations is available here.


  1. Insights on the Indian Drone Regulations
  2. Road ahead for Drone commercialization in India
  3. Entry for foreign players and foreign investments
  4. Concerns from a legal, tax and investment perspective
  5. Salient features of the Drone Ecosystem Policy Roadmap



Leader - Disruptive Technologies Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Huzefa Tavawalla Heads the Bangalore Office along with the Disruptive Technologies Practice Group at Nishith Desai Associates. He is also an integral member of the TMT & Corporate Practice Groups and focuses on matters pertaining to IT, M&A and International Tax.

Mr. Tavawalla has done extensive research and undertaken various matters in relation to cutting areas of technology such Artificial Intelligence, Driverless Cars, Robotics, Drones etc. Amongst others, he has also lead the team for the research papers on The Future is Here: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Drones – Unmasking the Future, Internet of Things: The Era of Convergence - Legal & Tax Issues.

More recently, he was also appointed as the special task force committee member on the drone committee set up by the Indian Government.

He also continues to be closely associated with academics and is a regular guest lecturer at law school(s), industry associations and other education institutions. He is actively involved in addressing legal issues and has published various articles on the same.


Senior Member - Regulatory & Public Policy Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Prashant Prakhar is a senior member of the Regulatory & Public Policy Practice at Nishith Desai Associates. He has advised clients on a wide array of services including regulatory and compliance, policy making, structuring of investments and other ancillary matters across various sectors including fintech and banking and financial services (BFSI).

Prashant has represented clients before various government authorities and regulators including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and other central and state authorities and has made numerous representations seeking reforms in the law.


Senior Member - International Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Siddharth Ratho is a member of the International Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice at Nishith Desai Associates. He is also an integral member of the Disruptive Technologies Practice Group.

At his time at the firm he has been involved in cutting edge cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitrations and litigations and represented clients in the Supreme Court and High Courts. Apart from disputes, Siddharth is deeply involved in the research, study and application of futuristic disruptive technologies such as driverless cars, robotics and drones, also authoring several research articles on the same.

Siddharth did his law from Government Law College, University of Mumbai. Apart from law, Siddharth holds a double degree in International Relations and Economics from the United States. He continues to be closely associated with academics and is a regular guest lecturer at law school(s).




The Drone Federation of India is the voice of the nation's UAV industry. As the premier trade association, DFI advances the interests of our members in government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of manufacturers and service providers; encourages content and technology innovation; and strives to build a safer, scalable and sustainable flying environment in India. DFI organised events that have been formed crucial in providing feedback to the Govt. on the Drone Regulation it developed.