Surveyor General of India Says Google Maps is not considered ‘authentic’
since it is not charted by the government
India's Surveyor General, Swarna Subba Rao said, Google Maps is not considered 'authentic' because it is not charted from the government.
She told which maps an institute in Dehradun, were employed for infrastructure projects.
The head of the institute that has the mandate said people used maps for applications.
"The maps made by the Survey of India are used for serious software," he said, responding to a question at an event organized to publish a commemorative stamp to mark 250 years of this institute.
"The Survey of India's topography maps are wanted for quite precise and engineering grade information essential for something like a new rail line or a tunnel," Rao said speaking at the occasion.
The Survey of India falls under the Department of Technology and Science.
DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharma added that it might be wrong to disregard satellite mapping since the maps and distinct purposes were served by companies such as Google.
Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communication, said India's survey had the honor of printing the copy of this Constitution of India and India's first postage stamp.
He added that any developmental work could start after mapping and the proper survey was done.