Geo Spatial Data Policy

Context

  • The Ministry of Science and Technology released new guidelines for the Geo Spatial Data in India.

  • To realise India’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and the goal of a 5 trillion-dollar economy, the regulations that apply to geospatial data and maps henceforth stand radically liberalised. The Department of Science and Technology is announcing sweeping changes to India’s mapping policy, specifically for Indian companies.

About the Geo Spatial Data Policy

(1) Prior approvals for surveying, mapping and building applications will be eliminated.
(2) For Indian entities, there will be complete deregulation for
Geo Spatial Data Policy
Source: Business Standard
(a) Prior approvals
(b) Security clearances
(c) Clearances for acquisition and production of geo spatial data & services

Benefits of deregulation:

(1) It will be helpful for planning for infrastructure, development and businesses which are data-based.
(2) It will increase private investment into the sector.
(3) It will be helpful for disaster management in case of natural calamities.
(4) Competitive sector will improve data accuracy.
(5) It will generate employment in this sector.
(6) It will give push to Indian companies under Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Geo Spatial data

(1) It is data about objects, events, or phenomena that have a location on the surface of the earth.
(2) The location may be static like the location of a road, an earthquake event, or dynamic like a moving vehicle or pedestrian, the spread of an infectious disease.
(3) It also includes temporal information or the time at which the location and attributes exist.
(4) It involves information of public interest such as roads, localities, rail lines, water bodies, and public amenities.

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