Blue Dart to start delivering essential packages using drones in India


Bluedart is part of the Medicine of Sky initiative launched by the Government of Telangana, the World Economic Forum, Niti Aayog and Healthnet Global.

STRONG POINTS

  • Blue Dart will start delivering vaccines and emergency medical supplies to the remotest parts of India using drones.
  • Blue Dart has announced that it has formed the Blue Dart Med-Express consortium to supply the essentials.
  • Swiggy and Dunzo have started testing drone delivery of food and medical packages in India.

Drone delivery is soon to become a thing in India. A few days ago it was reported that Swiggy will start delivering food and medical parcels using drones and now India’s leading express logistics service provider Blue Dart will also start delivering medical parcels by drones. Blue Dart has announced that it has formed the Blue Dart Med-Express consortium to deliver vaccines and emergency medical supplies to the remotest parts of India using drones.

Blue Dart is part of the Medicine of Sky initiative launched by the Government of Telangana, the World Economic Forum, Niti Aayog and Healthnet Global. This is the same initiative that has also settled in Dunzo for drone delivery.

Speaking about a new project, Ketan Kulkarni, CMO & Head, Business Development, Blue Dart said: “The consortium aims to enable safer, more efficient and cost effective drone delivery flights. With effective systems in place, this can help reduce current logistics costs, making healthcare logistics faster and more efficient. We are delighted to have obtained the right to begin operations and it is certainly the need of the hour. Humanity is living through the worst times and Blue Dart is committed to giving back to the society in which it operates and will always be ready to step forward.

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc in the county, people in rural or remote parts of India have struggled to access some of the most essential things like medicines. COVID-19 induced restrictions have affected the supply chain leading to shortage of medicines and other essentials in rural areas. In these trying times, drone technology would prove to be a boon.

“The Medicine of Sky is one of the first programs of its kind in the country where multiple drones would fly BVLOS to establish their value proposition for the healthcare supply chain. The vision is to ensure equity in health care for rural areas,” said Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana.

In addition to Blue Dart, Swiggy and Dunzo have begun testing drone delivery of food and medical packages. Swiggy collaborated with ANRA Technologies for drone delivery. Interestingly, ANRA Technologies has received final authorizations from the Ministry of Defense (MoD), the General Directorate of Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation to begin testing operations beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in India.

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