New Delhi, April 10: Nakshe- a new web portal was launched on Monday for accurate maps of India. It was launched by harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI). Topographic maps also called the open series maps contain man-made geographical features including terrain or topography are prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and is in conformity with the National Map Policy-2005.
These OSM maps have been made available for free download from ‘Nakshe’ web portal in pdf format on 1:50,000 scale and only Aaadhar users can download as the verification process will be one with ease.
The Survey of India which is the principal mapping agency of the country is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year and it was originated way back in 1767. It is the oldest scientific department in India and one of the oldest survey establishments in the world. Foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS) in 19th century on this day i.e. 10th April, 1802, by noted surveyors Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest. SoI has surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country and these maps have played an invaluable role in the saga of India’s nation building and were pivotal in the foundation of almost all major developmental activities of modern India.
The launch of the portal was followed with a curtain raiser of SoI Geo-portal and Web Services Platform and a panel discussion on Geospatial Paradigm in India that deals with the users’ perspective on Geospatial Policy Framework in India. A technical presentation on development of the Geoid model for country was also made.
Minister of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Surveyor General of India Dr. Swarna Subba Rao and several other scientists and professionals of Geospatial Industry were present on the occasion.