Thirty Indian monuments will now be available to explore in “360 degree view” on Google Maps. The Archaeological Survey of India and Google announced that monuments including Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort will be part of the 30 monuments.
The project launched last year, is looking to add a total of 101 monuments to Google maps. Google uses its street view cameras mounted on volunteers/ troikas (trekkers) to capture a panorama of a monument.
The ASI & Google signed an MoU to capture these images last year in September. Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, the ministry of culture said that in the first phase, 22 monuments will be covered. Here’s the list produced by the ministry.
Right now, you can see street views of the Taj Mahal and a few other monuments on Google Cultural Institute.
The search giant seems to be slowly getting the government, which on various occasions has opposed Google projects, on its side. Google had run into trouble with the government when it launched its Mapathon in Delhi. The Delhi Police was investigating the mapping contest after a complaint was filed against Google Mapathon 2013 in early April by the Survey of India.
Earlier, in 2009, the map of Arunachal Pradesh was shown incorrectly and Google later issued a clarification on the incident. Google also hit a roadblock when it kicked off ‘Google Street View‘ in Bangalore, with the Bangalore Police Department objecting to project, stating that Google did not have the required permissions and clearance for the Government and Ministry of Defense.