On February 15, 2021, the Department of Science and Technology (“DST”) issued guidelines on the acquisition and production of geospatial data and services, including maps (“2021 Guidelines”). The 2021 Guidelines supersede anything contrary contained in previous policies issued by the Government of India, such as certain aspects of the National Map Policy, 2005 (“NMP”), Instructions for Publication of Maps by Government and Private Publishers, 2016 (“2016 Guidelines”) and Ministry of Defence guidelines on the restriction of sale, publication and distribution of maps, issued in 2017 (“2017 Guidelines”). These changes mark a paradigm shift in India’s policies on mapping and the collection, dissemination and use of geospatial data.
We have summarised below a few of the key changes that have been introduced to India’s mapping policy by the 2021 Guidelines.
Please click here to read the full article by Probir Roy Chowdhury and Yajas Setlur, published in Mondaq.