After changing the currency situation in India, the government is now looking at ways to change the postal address of your house or office. The department of post, which falls under the ministry of communications, is working on a project with mapping service, MapmyIndia, to give e-locations or eLoc for every property for three postal pin code locations in the country. Also Read - Link Aadhaar to PF account immediately! Here's how to link Aadhaar with UANAlso Read - Aadhaar card update: How to add or update phone number in Aadhaar card online
The eLoc will shorten an address into a combination of six character alphanumeric code. For example, if your address goes like Block B, house number 42, Sector-18, Noida, the eLoc for this will be something like UV42B7. This code can be used on your visiting card, website, or through any other means, parallelly to the existing address. With this code, one can reach you using the precise directions through MapmyIndia, so you no longer have to get on repeated calls with the taxi driver to explain endlessly to take a right and not left. Also Read - Lost your Aadhaar card? Here's how to download Aadhaar card online
Now what makes this arrangement tricky is that the eLoc can provide possibilities of linking the address to other information such as property title and ownership, property tax records, information on utilities like electricity, water, and gas; essentially all the aspects which are linked via Aadhaar, ET reports.
The project is currently approved for two postal pin codes in Delhi, and one in Noida. Now, based on the analysis, it is likely to be expanded to other codes as well. “The results of the proof of concept may be utilized by the department towards developing a digital address format that would suit the purpose for a national-level project rollout,” says a letter signed by additional director-general (mail operations) Abhishek Kumar Singh and sent to MapmyIndia on September 27. ALSO READ: Will not cut mobile connection over Aadhaar: Department of Telecom
The e-linkage of the address is aimed at easing up the complex address while also providing the option to link it to other amenities and services. MapmyIndia MD Rakesh Verma is quoted as saying in the report as, “eLoc will help travelers 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”.
The objective of the project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of a digital addressing system. With a trove of information linked to an individual’s residential or work address, there is a possibility of misuse. However, the department said the “data or 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, restricting its use for any commercial purpose. ALSO READ: IRCTC now lets Aadhaar-verified users book up to 12 railway tickets
Although only three postal codes have been identified for digital addresses, there as millions of addresses within the ambit. The postal department will be assisting in the mapping and linking process. It will share the data on maps, verification of the information related to mapping of physical address with the digital addresses and facilitating interactions with their ground staff. Meanwhile, MapmyIndia claimed that it already has an exhaustive digital address database that includes over 2 crore eLocs of individuals, businesses and government set-ups. In addition to the postal department and MapmyIndia, ISRO will also be using its national satellite imagery service ‘Bhuvan’ to provide effective mapping coordinates for the project.