New 'Nakshe' Portal to Provide Topographic Maps of India to Citizens
The topographic maps on the scale of 1:50,000, contain natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography.
The newly launched Nakshe Portal will provide free download of Survey of India's topographic maps of the entire country in PDF format to Indian citizens. (Representative Image: Reuters)
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday launched a new web portal -- Nakshe Portal -- providing free download of Survey of India's topographic maps of the entire country in PDF format to Indian citizens.
The topographic maps on the scale of 1:50,000, contain natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography. The service was launched to mark the 250th anniversary of the Survey of India.
"Earlier, these maps were only available after a process of application... Now it's on the fingertip of people... it would be a great help for infrastructure development, science and education," said Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology.
The maps would be made available free through Aadhaar-enabled user authentication process in line with the Digital India programme of the government, the minister said.
"The Survey of India has proposed to re-measure the height of Mount Everest... India was the first country under Sir George Everest's leadership to have declared the height of Mount Everest in 1855....
"After Gorkha earthquake (Nepal earthquake) in 2015, to answer various doubts of the scientific community, the Survey of India proposed re-measuring the height of Mount Everest as an Indo-Nepal Joint Scientific Exercise, along with the Survey Department of Nepal," the minister said.
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