Google maps not authentic: top surveyor

Google maps not authentic: top surveyor

 Google maps are not considered “authentic” since they are not charted by the government, the country’s top surveyor has said.

The Surveyor General of India, Swarna Subba Rao, said on Thursday that the maps prepared by the Survey of India, a 250- year-old institute in Dehradun, were used for vital infrastructure projects.

“Google maps are not authentic. They are not produced by the government so they don’t stand any authentication,” he said.

The head of the institute which has the mandate to prepare maps for defence purposes said many people used Google maps “for low-end” applications.

“The maps produced by the Survey of India are used for serious applications,” he said, responding to a question at an event organised to release a commemorative stamp to mark 250 years of the institute. The Survey of India’s topography maps are needed for “very accurate and engineering quality data” essential for something like a new rail line or a canal, Rao added.

The Survey of India falls under the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharma, however, added that it would be wrong to disregard satellite mapping, as the maps prepared by the Survey of India and companies such as Google served different purposes.

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