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Gujarat's Gandhinagar to host the Indian Drone Racing League on October 22-23
Drone racing has started to grip the nation lately. People of Bengaluru who were enthusiastic about bake racing and professional go-karting have now caught the drone fever.

India is getting ready for its first drone racing competition – the Indian Drone Racing League (IDRL) which will be hosted at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on October 22-23. Already quite a few drone pilots have registered themselves to take part in the competition.

Bhavesh Sangani, who has been associated with drone piloting for the last eight years said, "As of now, eight drone pilots from the city will be participating in the event." Sangani works as a senior engineer at a consulting company in Bengaluru.

There are quite a few drone pilots in Bengaluru who gather on the outskirts of the city every Sunday for some action. "We take safety measures to avoid densely populated areas as it could be dangerous, considering the speed at which drones fly. As for our safety, we ensure that we do not fly overhead," says Mateen Baig, another drone enthusiast from the city.

The IDRL will be held at the campus of IIT Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Karan Kamdar, founder of IDRL said, "The main reason for this event is to promote the innovative sport."

Kamdar further says that although internationally the sport is quite popular, India has been lagging behind. According to him the main intention of the event is to legitimise drone flying and provide a platform for drone enthusiasts to come together and compete among themselves.

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