Indeed, it’s a fact that we all seriously hate getting stuck in traffic jams. But imagine if a help may be on the way in the form of flying rickshaws. And no, this is no flight of fancy or science fiction.

Minister of state (MoS) for civil aviation in India Jayant Sinha revealed on Tuesday that his ministry was exploring the possibility of ‘air rickshaws’ based on drone technology for easy transportation service.

“Air rickshaw based on drone technology can be the best transportation service in the country and the ministry is drafting regulations in this regard,” he said, addressing corporate giants at City Data for India Conclave 2018.

According to a recent survey, the cost of traveling by air was almost same as the cost of traveling by auto rickshaws, Sinha quoted.

“To cover the one-kilometer distance by an auto, city residents pay only around Rs 4. This was nearly the same amount one pays to travel one kilometer by air, the flight ticket amount is high as several thousand kilometers are being covered during one journey,” he added.

However, Sinha is surely not in a position to mention any time frame by which air rickshaws could become a reality.

The minister said pilot projects on air service through drones are running in countries like the UAE and Germany and this technology could also be used for mapping, security, a survey of mineral sites, product delivery and defense as well.

Sinha also urged country’s giant industry, Tata Steel, and Tata Motors to establish an advanced lab to work on innovative ideas similar to drone technology.

Sunil Bhadkaran, vice president (corporate services), Tata Steel, said the company was working on collecting data to meet the future infrastructure demands.

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