Google's Street View has been denied permission in India over fears that the application could pose a security threat to the country.


Google had sent across a proposal stating that it wanted to map Indian cities, tourists spots, hills and rivers through its 'Street View' application, which allows users to explore mapped locations through 360-degree, panoramic or street-level imagery.

However, the Home Ministry has conveyed to Google that its plans to cover India through Google Street View have been rejected.


Official sources said the rejection came after a detailed analysis by security agencies and defence forces which feel that allowing Google to cover India would compromise the country's security interest.


India's security establishment is wary of allowing such image-capturing, given that the planning for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai is believed to have involved photographic reconnaissance of targets by Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said once the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 comes into force, issues related to internet-based applications would be resolved.

The internet services giant 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. Everything taken under it posted online.

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 had on an experimental basis launched Street View in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Mysore Palace, Thanjavur temple Chinnaswamy stadium besides others in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India.