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  • 27 February, 2023

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Survey of India

Survey of India

  • The Survey of India will continue to be the ultimate authority on maps showing State and federal boundaries, according to the Indian government.


  • After the Department of Science and Technology published its rules in 2021, the Survey of India (SoI) lost its exclusive right to produce high-resolution maps.
  • The National Geospatial Policy of India was published by the government in December 2022, allowing any private organization to produce high-resolution maps.
  • The government has now made it clear that Survey of India would continue to be the deciding authority on maps that deal with State and national boundaries and will continue to maintain the CORS (Continuously Operating Reference Stations) that are required to produce correct digital maps.

CORS (Continuously Operated Reference Stations): what are they?

  • The infrastructure required to produce precise digital maps is CORS. They keep an eye on the crust of the Earth to precisely measure the earth's characteristics.
  • It consists of a GPS receiver and a reliable antenna that stream raw data continually.

India's National Geospatial Policy:

  • It intends to advance the geospatial data sector in the nation and provide a national framework for utilizing such data to enhance citizen services.
  • To advance the geospatial economy, it seeks to develop Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) like the Integrated Data and Information Framework and National Digital Twin.
  • It proposes to establish a Geospatial Data Promotion and Development Committee ('GDPDC') to develop and carry out suitable policies, strategies, and initiatives in order to make valuable geospatial data easily accessible.

About Survey of India:

  • It is the oldest scientific department of the Government of India, having been founded in 1767.
  • With its main office in Dehradun, it serves as the Government of India's advisor on all survey-related issues, including geodesy, photogrammetry, mapping, and map reproduction.
  • It is the nation's Department of Science and Technology's National Survey and Mapping Organization.

Source: The Hindu

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