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Agendra Kumar, Managing Director, Esri India

India: The new geospatial data guidelines announced by the government were the first major policy change in decades and in order to derive full benefits from these guidelines, creating fresh data sets is very important.

This can be done by government agencies under public-private partnerships as well as through the private sector, which can play a crucial role in the implementation of various government programs.

And most importantly, focused investments through government schemes is the need of the hour; hence, the upcoming budget should allocate funds for a period of 5 years for consumption by national mapping organizations like Survey of India and Geological Survey of India for updating existing data sets and creating new data sets, which will be an ongoing activity.

The industry is also looking for a higher allocation of funds for the use of geospatial technologies in programs like Gati Shakti, Har Ghar Jal, and various other programs under the ministries of Jal Shakti, MoRTH, MoHUA.

Geospatial data and technologies can help in more efficient execution, thus, it is important to expand the reach of GIS through sufficient funding support.

Esri India Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Esri India) is an end-to-end Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions provider enabling customers to think and plan geographically to make timely, well-informed, and mission-critical decisions. Esri ArcGIS System provides the backbone for the country’s mapping, spatial analysis, and all GIS requirements. A market leader in GIS technologies, Esri India has successfully delivered cutting-edge GIS solutions to more than 5000 customers for applications in Land management, Water, Utilities, Infrastructure, Disaster Management, Telecommunications, Urban Development, Smart Cities, Transportation, Defence, and Natural resources. Established in 1996, Esri India is headquartered in Noida (Delhi-NCR), with multiple regional offices across India. The company has been recognized amongst India’s best companies to work for in 2021 by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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