Kathmandu: The Cabinet has given approval to declare the new height of Mt Everest.
The cabinet meeting on Wednesday gave approval to the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation to announce the new height of Mt Everest.
Minister for Land Management Padmakumari Aryal had submitted a proposal to the Council of Ministers for approval to declare the new height of the Mt Everest. Minister Aryal informed that the government has formally prepared the declaration after the work of measuring the height of Mount Everest, which started in the fiscal year 2017/18, has now come to an end.
A study by the Department of Surveying and Mapping showed that the 2015 earthquake affected the elevation of places in the northern part of the country. In the same context, Nepal has measured the height of Mount Everest for the first time from its own resources after rumors that the height of Mount Everest may have increased.
The ministry has stated that it will formally announce the new height of Everest in a few days after receiving the approval from the cabinet.
During the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nepal last year, it was agreed to jointly declare the height of Mount Everest. Accordingly, government teams from Nepal and China worked jointly.
Earlier, various countries had been measuring the height of Mount Everest. The world’s highest peak, Everest, which was last measured by the Survey of India in 1954, still stands at 8848 meters.