India has rejected Google Street View. Home Ministry has denied the request to put Indian cities, tourists spots, hills, and rivers on street view. An application in which one can explore through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level imagery.
The Home Ministry has conveyed to Google that its plans to cover India through the Google Street View was rejected.
Ministry believes, that people can misuse this service. This type of service can increase the security threat. Like Terrorist were able to attack in 2008 in Mumbai with the help of this service. Terrorists could locate all the street and maps, as per Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley.
Indian security agency rejected the application after the detailed analysis. Defense force feels that allowing Google to cover India would compromise country’s security interest.
Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju said, “Once the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 comes into force, issues related to the Internet-based application would be resolved.
Google wanted to cover most of the Indian Territory through the Google Street View. It explores places around the world through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level 3D imagery. Google then posts everything online for public.
It has been extensively used in the United States, Canada, and many European countries. Its applications in India was initially permitted for a few location.
Google launched Street View in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar as an experiment. It also includes Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Mysore Palace, Thanjavur temple Chinnaswamy stadium. Archaeological Society of India helped Google to cover these areas.
Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth. It provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world.
Launched in 2007 in several cities in the US, Street View has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide.
Streets with Street View imagery available are shown as blue lines on Google Maps. It displays panoramas of stitched images. Most photography is done using a car. But some is done by trekker, tricycle, walking, boat, snowmobile, camel, and underwater apparatus.