Welcome to OpenStreetMap Telangana!

Posted by dalek2point3 on 2 June 2014 in English (English). Last updated on 6 June 2014.

June 2 is a monumental day for residents of the new state of Telangana in southern India. After decades of struggle, the government of India decided to create an independent state of Telangana, separate from the state of Andhra Pradesh. Historically, backward and poor as compared to the rest of Andhra Pradesh, the hope is that a more empowered state can bring development to the people of Telangana.

Meanwhile, in the digital world – OpenStreetMap also welcomed Telangana with open arms. User PlaneMad created the state boundary relation, and it went live today – exactly the day that Telanga came into existence on the ground! Before it went live, the OpenStreetMap community had a chance to talk and discuss this change and prepare for the impending arrival of the state!

Here are the two state boundaries on OpenStreetMap today – Telangana


and the new, smaller Andhra Pradesh


Meanwhile, in proprietary-maps-world, Andhra Pradesh still remains in its traditional form. Uncorrected and denying the people of Telangana their existence for a few more weeks! Another win for community-crafted local maps!


Image source: Google Maps. (Used under fair-use exceptions to copyright law. Please file a DMCA request in case you disagree)

Update (June 6)

Thanks to help from Wambacher and OSM Boundaries I was able to create this overlay which shows both the states in one image.


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Comment from Wynndale on 3 June 2014 at 05:39

This is worth submitting to Featured images.

Comment from AndiG88 on 3 June 2014 at 13:48

This is worth submitting to Featured images.

One image alone does not show anything and you can’t really have 3 images as “featured image”. You would need to create some kind of over overlay.

Comment from stephan75 on 5 June 2014 at 17:44

Have a look at where you can select all kinds of OSM boundary relations for almost all countries in the world, including boundaries with higher admin_levels.

Try to select the boundaries in the hierarchical tree structure og the two mentioned areas. That can be a basis for “picture of the week” or similar.


Comment from dalek2point3 on 5 June 2014 at 20:30

@stephan75 – brilliant idea! But I cant seem to find “Telangana” (though Andhra Pradesh shows up fine) on OSM Boundaries. Any ideas on what Im doing wrong?

Comment from wambacher on 5 June 2014 at 21:44

nothing wrong with you - only the local files have to be updated (by me). it’s a big job (about 1-2 hours for india), that will only run on request. Last run was 2014-05-13

tomorrow morning everythng should be fine.


walter, aka wambacher

Comment from dalek2point3 on 6 June 2014 at 17:31

super! I just updated the post with the new boundaries and also put up a featured image proposal:

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