Now, access 3000 SGI maps using Aadhaar

Q.  What is the address of the dedicated website launched by GoI to access 3000 SGI maps publicly?
- Published on 11 Apr 17


Now, access 3000 SGI maps using AadhaarThe government launched a dedicated website allowing the public the access to download 3,000 maps prepared by the Survey General of India (SGI) but made Aadhaar mandatory for the purpose.

Using Aadhaar number, a person can download three maps every day from the portal (

The SGI completes 250 years on April 10, 2017 marking this initiative.

Motto behind making Aadhaar mandatory for using this service was to make it available "only to Indians".

Aadhaar number is a proof of identity and not that of citizenship.

The initiative comes days after Aadhaar was made mandatory for filing Income Tax Returns.

The government is also mulling to make Aadhaar mandatory for booking air tickets.

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SGI: Know More
  • The SGI has the mandate of making maps and cartographic documents for the country.
  • It has a wide archive of maps.
  • The institute first published a 'Map of Hindoostan' in 1783, depicting the subcontinent region comprising India, Pakistan, Burma (now Myanmar), Bangladesh, and parts of Afghanistan.
  • The SGI has a rich collection of over 5,000 maps. While it made 3,000 maps open to public for download, 1700 will be available for downloading soon
  • Under the National Map Policy 2005, it had become necessary to make non-defence maps accessible for public.

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