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Varanasi to try medicine deliveries by drones (other cities can take a cue)

Varanasi to try medicine deliveries
Submitted by scc india staff on May 20, 2021

The city of Varanasi will try out delivery of medicines by drones from Chennai based start-up Garuda Aerospace.

Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Managing Director of city-based Garuda Aerospace, told IANS that the Varanasi Smart City has issued a work order to carry out on trial basis delivery of medicines using drones as the second wave of Covid-19 is sweeping across the country.”

As per the work order issued by the Varanasi Smart City, the trial will be for five days and it may also ask Garuda Aerospace to carry out sanitization operation using drones.

Varanasi uses command control center as covid-19 war room
To keep a tight vigil on the movement of people during the lockdown and tab on home-quarantined people infected with covid-19, Varanasi is using CCTVs and geographic information system (GIS) technology accessed through its integrated command and control centre (ICCC) set up under the smart city mission.

Gaurang Rathi, municipal commissioner, Varanasi Municipal Corporation, said, “While the ICCC is being used for municipal services, traffic management and water supply, among others, with the current prevailing situation of covid-19 and nation-wise lockdown, the center has now been turned as a 'covid-19 war room'.”

“We are using hi-tech CCTV cameras to keep a strict vigil of people movement during the 21-days nation-wise lockdown,” he informed.