In a groundbreaking plan to map one's residential or commercial location for ease-of-doing business and other legal matters, the government of India has launched a project that will locate an address with a unique alphanumeric code, just like in the case of Aadhaar card.
The department of posts, which comes under the ministry of communications, has ordered the pilot project that will accord a six-character alphanumeric digital address for every property for three postal pin code locations. According to a report by the Times of India, the whole idea is to link the properties to other details including ownership, property tax records, information on utilities like electricity, water and gas.
Currently, the eLoc or the e-location pilot project has been approved for just two postal pincodes in Delhi and Noida. This will gradually be expanded on success. It is also said that the unique address will be used parallely with the postal address.The report also suggest that a private mapping company MapmyIndia will be carrying out the project. MapmyIndia MD Rakesh Verma said that the project will help in the wuick identification of a particular address while providing an opportunity to link them with other important details. Verma said, "eLoc will help travellers and commuters search, share and navigate to a destination's exact doorstep far more easily and quickly. It will also reduce time, money, fuel wastage and expenses for businesses in the e-commerce, transportation, logistics and field operations domains."
Ensuring of confidentiality of the address, the department of posts, in a statement, said, "The sole ownership of the data/reports or any other documents generated/created in any electronic or physical form, during the course of the proof of concept, shall remain with the department." It also said that the private company will be prohibited from using the addresses for commercial purposes.
The postal department, specifying its role in the project, said that it would assist in the exercise through sharing of data on beat maps, verification of the information related to mapping of physical address with the digital addresses and facilitating interactions with their ground staff.
It has also been reported that MapmyIndia has partnered ISRO and its national satellite imagery service 'Bhuvan' to provide effective mapping coordinates.