Search giant Google has entered into an agreement with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for creating virtual tours for over 280 monuments across the country. The list of sites that will be covered by Google include famous Indian monuments included Konark Temple of Odisha.
Sanket Gupta, Program Manager for Google Maps said, We have a tie-up with ASI for 360 degrees virtual tour of Konark Temple, Rajarani temple and Udayagiri and Khandagiri are also selected in list.
He said Google has launched an array of products in India like offline view of maps, live traffic alerts and inclusion of unknown places on the maps by local guides. Gupta said one billion people across the globe were using Google maps and India was amongst the top five.
Hemasagar A Naik, the superintendent-in-charge of Bhubaneswar branch said, “So far we have not received any official letter either from the ASI headquarters or Google. So, at present, we don’t have proper information about how many monuments from Odisha are selected for the 360 degree virtual tour project.”
“A team had visited and surveyed Konark, Rajarani temple and, Udyagiri- Khandagiri. They took panoramic images of the three monuments,” he added.