History of Postal Addressing System in India!

In all my articles, I have elaborated on aspects or elements ( GPS, Lat and Long, Map etc.) related to addressing.

Today, I  intend to discuss what constitutes an “Address”. Although it may seem to be an extremely elementary question, I have had numerous queries and clarifications with relation to the same.

Prior to the mid 18th Century, the concept of a postal address system was unheard of. People began using landmarks like a market, end-start of any specific road etc., as a street address to ascertain their geographic location.

The usage of postal codes was conceptualized with the help of Postal district numbers and “London was first subdivided into 10 districts in 1857”. In India, the PIN Code system was introduced on 15 August 1972 by Shriram Bhikaji Velankar, an additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Communication.

On February 2008 Google Maps was also launched and it started tagging individual address using the respective Latitudinal and Longitudinal values.

Although the postal address system is 150 years old, there still exists a huge inconsistency of addresses not only in India but also in the entire world. There are numerous variables which add to the confusion in identifying the address of a particular geographical location. However, these postal address not being updated on a regular basis vis-a-vis the advent of new geographic locations, areas, cities etc. is the primary reason for the lack of a functional solution to the problem.

As per Global Address Data Association, only 50% of available postal addresses are updated on a regular basis. The geotags of respective postal code are situated at a huge distance from the actual distance. It is alarming that even now, in 21st Century, amidst all the technological advancements, not all the addresses in the world are defined and 75% of the world population has been suffering because of the lack of an effective address system.

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