The supply of key medical facilities will take a few minutes, instead of 1.5 hours, to be transported to Jhajjar from AIIMS Delhi with a drone corridor being introduced between the two locations.
According to a Times of India report, the drone corridor would be used for transporting blood samples, blood products and medicines. In case of emergency, the drone corridor can also be used to transport organs. This would make it easy for medical supplies to be transported even during rush traffic hours.
However, challenges like biosafety and maintaining the appropriate temperature of blood samples during transportation are still being discussed.
A panel discussion was held during the Bharat Drone Mahotsav – India’s biggest drone festival – to deliberate on the adoption of various models which are already in use in other countries.
The drone corridor has received approval from the aviation ministry, however, approval from Delhi Police is still being awaited.
During the past year, drones have been used to transport Covid-19 vaccines to remote parts of India. Introducing the drone corridor in the mainstream health sector could revamp the entire health industry.
“The AIIMS project for rushing life-saving medical supplies through drones is excellent. If it succeeds, other medical institutions in various states can replicate the same model for better utilisation of technology and equipment.”Dr Harsh Mahajan, Founder and Chief Radiologist, Mahajan Imaging
Recently Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued a set of guidelines focusing on the development of an enabling environment for the deployment of drones in the healthcare system.
A drone corridor is defined as segregated airspace defined by appropriate authorities in consultation with the airspace designers to keep commercial UAV operations out of the airspace, in which manned aircraft operate.
Air traffic control, which comes under the AAI, has an important role to play in this corridor as it traverses the flight corridors/approach path of Delhi airport’s runways. AIIMS comes under the approach path of runway 27 (closest to Dwarka’s side). Next comes the IIT area which is the flight corridor for the main runway (28).
And beyond that, the Saket malls-Qutab Minar areas are the approach for runway 29 (the one close to Shivji statue). The IGI Airport is going to get its fourth runway between runways 28 and 29 operational in a few months.
(With Inputs from The Times of India)