Hyderabad: Eminent scientists and captains of IT industry have pitched for a geospatial roadmap for India at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) or NITI Aayog level. Former ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar and former Nasscom chief DR BVR Mohan Reddy suggested the Centre to frame an integrated national geospatial strategy. The experts urged the Union Government to focus on pricing policy, legal framework, data policy, among other things. They further insisted on creating a non-partisan autonomous agency and make it part of either PMO or NITI Aayog.

As part of the bringing technology revolution to benefit all sections of the society, the satellite imagery up to 1:25,000 and 1M resolution should be provided free of cost.

India’s geospatial strategy suggested for improved access, sharing and collaboration of spatial data, increased integration and cost-effective use.

The Centre should give more thrust on data security, protection framework and privacy policy, they said. The think tank further elaborated the high correlation between geospatial readiness and national growth. Advanced countries embraced geospatial technologies and gave top priority to this space. As a result, they are also at an advanced stage in augmenting the GDP. The living standards and infrastructure quality are high in advanced nations, which are rapidly adopting geospatial technology applications, they added.

Mr Mohan Reddy is the founder of Infotech Enterprises (now Cyient), a global provider of geospatial technology services.

This technology is gaining momentum as the location factor is a core part of decision-making. Hence, geospatial technology assumes importance in several industry verticals such as defence, internal security, transportation, constructing, mining, agriculture, utilities, among others.

The global geospatial industry has grown 11.5 per cent to about $350 billion from $2020.8 billion in 2013. Similarly, the economic impact of the geospatial sector reached $2,600 billion from $1,119billion in 2013, according to a study.

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