The 21st century race to map India
Nearly 200 years after George Everest’s survey, a digital redo is on the cards. How will it change the country?
A highly accurate, free-to-use map layer, which is available in the public domain, can be a game changer. A McKinsey report says land market distortions in India lead to a 1.3% loss in GDP annually
NEW DELHI : It has been nearly three years since Suresh Kumar, a 28-year-old IT engineer from Noida, visited a family-owned patch of land in his ancestral village in Narwana, which is roughly 170km away from Delhi. “Frankly, I do not even know if the land is still ours," he says. “Maybe it has been encroached upon."