Indian Government says Google maps are “Unreliable”. Most of us depend on Google Maps whenever we are at an unknown location. Maps users find it quite helpful but the Indian Government has a different take on it as they find it unreliable.
Indian government calls Google Maps unreliable, wants citizens to use its own mapping solution instead
The Indian government doesn’t have a high opinion of Google Maps, and it conveyed that sentiment by saying that the service is “unreliable”. Because of its flaws in India, a mapping and survey organization, Survey of India (SoI) made a survey which concludes that Google Maps is “not authenticated” and “unapproved” by the government and it shouldn’t be used for high-end applications.
Surveyor General of India, Swarna Subba Rao, at an event on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India in New Delhi, said to IANS, “If you are using Google Maps to reach a restaurant or park, even if you reach 50 meters close to that place, you are happy. But when we have to put a new railway line or a make canals, that is where our topographic maps come in, when you require very accurate, engineering quality data.”
In the meantime, the SoI is working on making its mapping data available to the public for free, in order to make Indian citizens move away from Google Maps, and use official government data instead.This isn’t the first time internet search engine Google has been found faulty by the country. Previously, Google Earth showed Jammu & Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as ‘disputed territories’ and did not mention them as a part of the country.
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