India said on Tuesday it rejected a proposal from Google to roll out its Street View service, an application to explore cities, even tourist spots, hills and rivers using 360-degree panoramic and street-level imagery, has been rejected by the government, which shows panoramic images of roads and other sites.
Junior home minister Hansraj Ahir did not give a reason for the decision - though Indian media reported in October that the defence ministry had raised security concerns.
Google first asked the government if it could roll out the service in India through its Google Maps and Google Earth apps in 2015.
The app is being extensively used in the developed countries like US, Canada and many European cities.
India has initially allowed the service on an experimental basis and Google had on an experimental basis launched street view for some tourist sites of India like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Mysore Palace, Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Thanjavur temple and Chinnaswamy stadium, in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India.
(With inputs from Reuters)