Zomato to expand its presence in India has taken a step towards drone-based food delivery.The service, which already claims to deliver 22 million orders per month, has acquired a Lucknow-based start-up working exclusively on drones - TechEagle Innovations. It will work on multi-rotor UAVs capable of handling/delivering payloads up to 5kgs.In 2015 TechEagle Innovations was started by IIT-Kanpur graduate Vikram Singh Meena, when he was studying in college.Over the years, Meena and his team have developed and demonstrated remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicles capable of making deliveries. They had even shared a video of 'Chai delivery'.However, their ultimate goal has been to develop UAVs capable of delivering payloads up to 5kgs.Zomato, which had also acquired delivery fleet start-up Runner in 2017, didn't disclose the exact details of the latest deal.However, the goal of the food tech giant is clear. It wants to employ TechEagle's drone expertise to develop the UAVs required for hub-to-hub deliveries.This means a drone could be ferrying your Zomato order in a few years. It is just the first step towards achieving a future of drone-based deliveries.The exact timeline for accomplishing this mission is not clear, and Zomato has itself stressed on taking steps in that direction. Presently they are at the early stage of aerial innovations. Currently their first 'delivery job' is to design multi-rotor drones that can pick up a payload under 5 kg and set up drone delivery circuits for reducing the last mile delivery leg.