Mauritius How to add a missing road in Google Maps?

Google Maps is a web mapping platform and consumer application offered by Google. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, etc.

Ish Sookun

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I was not actively contributing to Google Maps until very recently. In fact, I drew inspiration from Pritvi after his presentation at the Google Developers Festival (DevFest 2022) earlier this month.

« Google Maps is a social network » says Pritvi. With features like posting reviews, following other local guides, earning points, liking & sharing other people's reviews, indeed Maps is a social network.

After DevFest 2022, I started contributing to Google Maps more often, starting with a few missing places in my village, Providence.

Living in Providence, it is very common to hear that « lin alle acheter gato kot Aziz » or « mo p alle zuer lotto kot Samy » and yet these two places were not on Google Maps.

Then, I added village temples that were missing, like the Kalimaye (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Mother Kali). There are four such shrines in Providence, that I know of and I added three of them to Maps. While doing do I noticed a road was not named and it is the Kalimaye Road itself.

I followed the Google Local Guides Help to add the « missing » road but to my surprise, I could not. After I submitted the details about the road, Maps said, "We cannot fix issues in this region yet."

I tweeted about it and tagged @googlemaps.

Within an hour, @googlemaps replied the tweet, asking me to follow them so that they can DM me to help.

Thus, I followed @googlemaps and they sent me a DM asking the coordinates for the the missing road. I replied with those details including pictures of the road sign and surroundings.

A few days later, Kalimaye Rd appeared on Google Maps. 😊