India reiterates proposal to remeasure Everest height

KATHMANDU: India once again has proposed to remeasure the height of Mount Everest to assess if the 2015 Nepal earthquake altered it, according to media reports.

India has proposed Nepal to deploy a joint scientific mission to measure the heights of the world’s tallest peak once again, according to a report published in Deccan Herald.

“The proposal has gone to Nepal through the diplomatic channel as we are planning for an Indo-Nepal scientific expedition,” the reported quoted the Indian Minister for Sciences and Technology, Harsh Vardhan, as saying.

India had floated similar proposal in January.

Some scientists are of the opinion that the magnitude-7.6 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 reduced the height of the world’s highest mountain, which lies in the Nepal-China border, by an inch or so.

According to the report, India expected to do the survey by June.

“We are looking at the earliest window at May end-June, if all the paper works are done in time,” Swarna Subba Rao, the Surveyor General of India has been quoted as telling the paper on the sidelines of a conference to mark the 250th anniversary of the Survey of India.

Rao further explained that the survey would be a two-pronged study.

While one team would be sent to the Himalayas with GPS devices to take satellite data, a second team would undertake the age-old trigonometric survey (triangulation method) from seven sites within India and Nepal. The outcome of the two results would be cross-checked and collated to arrive at the actual figure, he said.