Announcing a sweeping change in India’s mapping policy, the Centre on Monday liberalised regulations on geospatial data, making it freely available in the country for innovation and IT companies.
The change is made specifically for Indian companies through updating the current guidelines pertaining to developing map technologies.
“What is readily available globally does not need to be restricted in India and therefore geospatial data that used to be restricted will now be freely available in India,” the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a release.
Furthermore, the country’s corporations and innovators are no longer subject to restrictions nor do they require prior approvals before they collect, generate, prepare, disseminate, store, publish, update digital Geospatial Data and Maps within the territory of India, the release said.
According to an official statement, the government realised that the existing regime imposed significant restrictions on the…