India removes restrictions on geospatial surveys – here’s what it means

India today announced a major policy change with reference to geospatial mapping of its territory, barely hours after one of its top scientific institutions announced that it had partnered with a private entity to create a rival to Google Maps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that from now on local Indian companies would not require licenses or other permissions to collect, generate, store and share geospatial data of the country. In the past, companies had to seek licenses as well as additional approvals to create and publish maps. 

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