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Mumbaiites have trouble getting cabs, deliveries after Google Maps renames Bandra locality

After sending several messages to Google, residents complained to BJP city unit chief Ashish Shelar.

mumbai Updated: Sep 15, 2017 14:39 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur

A locality in Bandra has been unofficially renamed by Google Maps and this change is causing residents much distress. This was noticed when residents found an error on the maps four months ago. An area that is called General Arunkumar Vaidya Nagar has been tagged as ‘Sayed Wadi’ on the map and the BMC says it hasn’t renamed any area in Bandra (West).

Residents said the locality encompasses Mt Carmel Church and Lilavati Hospital. After sending several messages to Google, residents complained to BJP city unit chief Ashish Shelar.

Vidya Vaidya, trustee of Bandra Reclamation Area Volunteers Organization, said residents are upset over the random renaming. Vijay Gangal, a Bandra resident, said, “Only authorities should be able to rename areas. Cab and delivery services are affected by this unexpected change. Google should check the audit trail to track down who made the change and how.”

The edit feature on the maps can only be used to suggest addresses, which are reviewed by Google. Shelar wrote to the deputy police commissioner of cyber crime department on September 12 asking him to take action.

According to Google, such incidents are not uncommon. “Since the Maps team gathers information from third-party content providers, there are chances of wrong labelling. Users can suggest changes on the application. Resolving such issues is one of the company’s priorities,” said a spokesperson.