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Could Telangana give us another Koh-i-noor?

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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The land of Telangana has a rich history, especially in association with diamonds. The once famed diamond mines of Golkonda, which yielded legendary diamonds like the Koh-i-noor, Darya-e Nur, Nur-Ul-Ain, the Hope Diamond, the Regent Diamond, Wittelsbach Diamond etc., belonged to this very region.

During the pre-colonial and the colonial times, Golkonda was synonymous with vast wealth and was known for roadside shops which sold heaps of diamonds and gems.

A new research by a team from the Osmania University’s Centre of Exploration Geophysics has found that Mahbubnagar, the region of Telangana which is usually plagued by recurrent droughts, could potentially turn out to be the next Golkonda.

The team has identified as many as 21 potential points along Mahbubnagar and the villages adjoining borders with Gulbarga and other villages of Karnataka.

The road between Raichur and Mahbubnagar has many potential zones, the team has identified, proving the fabled diamond potentiality of Mahbubnagar.

After carrying out an aeromagnetic survey of the entire area, Professor G. Ramadass mentioned that the diamond zones could be located 1.2 kms below the surface and more ground research may lead to the actual discovery of plenty of diamonds in the area.

“We have found kimberlite pipes at 21 places. Though not all kimberlite pipes bear diamonds, there have been instances where diamond zones were found in Mahbubnagar. We need to undertake further studies to explore the diamond-bearing potentiality of these places,” he said, as quoted by The Times of India.

It has also been reported that many government and commercial organizations are scrounging the area with an aim to locate diamonds. The discovery of diamonds from the area will be a huge plus for the economy of the nascent state of Telangana, and it will also give the Indian economy a good boost.

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Telangana Becomes First Indian State to Enable Commercial Drone Deliveries

"The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites," said Jayesh Ranjan

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"The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites," said Jayesh Ranjan. Wikimedia Commons

Telangana has sought the civil aviation regulator’s certification for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations to become the first Indian state to enable commercial drone deliveries, an official said on Thursday.

The state government, along with private drone industry players Terra Drone India, Zipline, and Marut Drones, have submitted a proposal to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

According to the state Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department, Telangana wants to achieve the status of ‘BVLOS Compliant’ geography, becoming the first Indian state to support commercial drone deliveries.

Principal Secretary, Industries, Commerce, and ITE&C, Jayesh Ranjan believes that BVLOS operations, if conducted within a regulated framework of safety in consultation with law enforcement agencies, will be crucial to tap into the true potential of drone technologies.

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“The induction of these technologies into mainstream administration and governance delivery can make a remarkable positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens,” he said. VOA

“The induction of these technologies into mainstream administration and governance delivery can make a remarkable positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens,” he said.

BVLOS flights will be able to bridge the urban and rural technological divide. The widespread adoption of BVLOS drone operations is also expected to revolutionize industries like oil and gas, utilities, and insurance with highly geo-accurate aerial data.

Medical product delivery company Zipline, in partnership with the state government, plans to use BVLOS drone flights for emergencies like delivery of blood and critical medicines to remote primary healthcare centres. The initiative will be first-of-its-kind in India, as well as in the Asia Pacific region.

The ITE&C Department has facilitated several pilot projects for drones in the past, including the use of drones for precision agriculture, agricultural spraying, volumetric analysis of mines, and flood modeling.

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The widespread adoption of BVLOS drone operations is also expected to revolutionize industries like oil and gas, utilities, and insurance with highly geo-accurate aerial data. Wikimedia Commons

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The department is also in the final stages of conceptualizing a ‘Telangana Drone City’, wherein an entire ecosystem will be developed only for the support of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technologies. “The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites,” said Jayesh Ranjan.

“The Government of Telangana has a leader-board position in the promotion of Fifth Generation technologies. The vision of Jayesh Ranjan is to ensure that India and the region do not lose out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This has resulted in a slew of comprehensive policy and industry support initiatives like the one being undertaken for BVLOS projects,” said Wing Cdr Polu Sreedhar, COO, Terra Drone India. (IANS)