New Delhi: Google and services like Just Dial may have replaced the yellow pages. Now imagine a directory that maps where you live, who you live with, how long you’ve been living there, what car you drive and your last five addresses. The India Post is doing just that. The department is in the process of collating theNational Address Database as part of the 11th Five Year Plan. Says S Samant, chief general manager for Business Development at the Department of Posts, ”In this data we will not only have the person who is living in the house, what is the profession he is following and what is his age group. These are things our postman observes everyday.”
Like Google Earth the data will actually map the house you stay in. It would take a minimum of three years to collate this data. With a budget of Rs5 crore allocated this year, the database will re-direct mail when addresses change. ”It’s for our internal purpose and we would also like to have a geo positioning of the data so that it will be an ideal repository for any kind of access,” says Samant. Though there are no plans to make money out of this database at the moment, India Post is not altogether ruling out this possibility either.