Mt. Everest to be remeasured by Survey of India

File photo shows the Khumbu Glacier at Everest-Khumbu region, one of the longest glaciers in the world. Nepal has more than 2,300 glacial lakes and experts say at least 20 are in danger of bursting.  

The Survey of India would soon “remeasure” the height of Mount Everest to verify doubts expressed over it in some sections of the scientific community following the major earthquake in Nepal two years ago and to help scientific studies, Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao has said.

“We are sending an expedition to Mount Everest. Everest height was declared, if I remember correctly, in 1855,” said Mr. Rao on the sidelines of a meeting of Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad.

“Many others also measured it. But the height given by the Survey of India, even today, is taken as the correct height. It is 29,028 feet. We are remeasuring it. Two years have passed since the major Nepal earthquake. After that, there is a doubt in the scientific community that it is shrinking. That is one of the reasons. Second reason is, it helps in scientific studies, plate movements etc,” he said.

All the necessary approvals were obtained for the expedition and the effort should begin in a month, he said.

“I have got all the approvals. The MEA [Ministry of External Affairs] also done. If the Surveyor General of Nepal has come here [for the conference in Hyderabad], I will have a meeting with him. As I see it, we plan to send [the expedition team] in two months,” he said.

The endeavour would take about a month for observation and 15 more days for computation and declaration of data, Mr. Rao said.

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