Recently India has liberalised its regulations on geospatial data starting from 15th February 2021. It has now allowed the private companies to conduct surveying and mapping without getting government approvals in advance.

New Policy

  1. It has allowed to share the data for various applications ranging from the logistics and transport to road safety and e-commerce.
  2. Further, the geospatial data generating from government agencies like Survey of India and ISRO will be made available to public and private companies.
  3. The new policy also restricts the terrestrial mapping and survey to public and private Indian entities.

Significance of the New Policy

  • This government of India decision will provide a huge impetus to Digital India.
  • The Liberalising of the policies that governs the acquisition and production of geospatial data is a significant step in attaining the objectives of Atma nirbhar Bharat mission
  • The new change in the policies will bring about tremendous opportunities for startups, public sector, private sector and research institutions in India.
  • The new policy would help in driving the innovations and build scalable solutions.
  • It would also help in generating the employment and accelerating the economic growth.
  • Further, the policy would increase scale, speed, and accuracy of the mapping.
  • With this policy in effect, the Indian entities will require no prior approvals, security clearances and licenses in the acquisition and production of geospatial data, geospatial data services and maps.

Objectives of the guidelines

  • To Easing the process of collecting, using and sharing the geospatial data.
  • Deregulating sector and allowing the private entities to survey and map all the physically accessible areas without approvals in advance.
  • Sharing geospatial data collected by government of India agencies with the public and industries.

About Geospatial data

The Geospatial data is also known as the spatial data. It is used to describe those data which represents the features or objects on the surface of Earth. It can be both man-made or natural data.

India Liberalised the Regulation on Geospatial Data India Liberalised the Regulation on Geospatial Data