First published in the MumbaiMirror.com By Aparna Anil
While having a history of avid sports in other areas, India is now about to get he country gets ready for its first drone racing competition — the Indian Drone Racing League (IDRL). It is schedule to take place in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on October 22 and 23.
Drone Racing continues to gain traction worldwide as new leagues such as the Indian Drone Racing League form and start to put together schedules.
“As of now, eight drone pilots from the city will be participating in the event,” says Bhavesh Sangani, who has been associated with drone piloting for the last eight years. Sangani, who is a senior engineer at a consulting company in Bengaluru, is one of two experts speaking at a meetup planned in the city on September 3, as a prelude to competition.
Quite a few drone pilots gather every Sunday on the outskirts of the city for some action. “We avoid densely populated areas as it could be dangerous, considering the speed at which the drones fly. As for our safety, we ensure that we do not fly overhead,” said Mateen Baig, another drone enthusiast who will be addressing the audience at the meet-up.
The IDRL will be held at the IIT Gandhinagar campus in Gujarat. “The main reason for this event is to promote the innovative sport,” said Karan Kamdar, founder of IDRL. Adding that the sport is popular across the world and India has been lagging behind, Kamdar says the main intention is to legitimise drone activities and have a platform for enthusiasts to compete among themselves.