Hyperlocal logistics startup Dunzo Digital on Tuesday said it is leading a Med-Air consortium along with industry experts to conduct experimental BVLOS (Below Visual Line of Sight) drone delivery flights for the 'Medicine from the Sky Project'.
The project aims to deliver medical supplies in different districts in the state of Telangana, Google-backed Dunzo said in a statement.
The drone delivery system will focus on an end-to-end ecosystem for drone-based logistic transportation and utilise the existing logistics network of the state.
Telangana govt has partnered with the World Economic Forum, Niti Aayog, and HealthNet Global the project.
“This project is one of the first such programs in the country where multiple drones would fly BVLOS to establish their value proposition for the healthcare supply chain. The vision is to ensure healthcare equity for rural areas,” Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana, said.
Since January 2021, Dunzo claims to have witnessed a growth of 350% in medicine orders. Between March’21 to May’21, Dunzo has facilitated the delivery of over 20,000 orders to hospitals. This, coupled with the delivery of home-cooked meals, oximeters, and other medical aid has led to a growth of 204% in Dunzo’s pick up and drop orders, the company said.
“As our delivery partners continue to keep our cities safe on ground, we are working round the clock to meet the urgency of demand for essentials. Using technology we can now ensure that no matter where people live, life-saving essentials can and should reach them. We appreciate the Government of Telangana’s recognition of the role technology can play in today’s world to build safer cities,” Kabeer Biswas, CEO, and founder of Dunzo Digital said.
Present in Bengaluru, Pune, Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, and Jaipur, Dunzo is planning to expand operations to 20 cities by 2022.