Survey of India to remeasure height of Mount Everest

Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao has said that the Survey of India would soon remeasure the height of Mount Everest to verify the doubts over some sections of the scientific community.

Survey of India to remeasure height of Mount Everest

Amidst the speculations over the height of mount Everest, especially after Nepal’s deadly 2015 earthquake, Survey of India would soon send an expedition to mount Everest.

Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao has said that the Survey of India would soon remeasure the height of Mount Everest to verify the doubts over some sections of the scientific community.

“We are sending an expedition to Mount Everest. Everest height was declared, if I remember correctly, in 1855,” said Subba Rao while attending 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,” Rao 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 added.

Finally, Rao stated that the venture would take almost a month for observation and 15 more days for computation and declaration of data.