New Delhi: Nepal and India: First cross-border pipeline
PM Modi and Nepal’s prime minister have done something impressively new. Both of them, today, inaugurated South Asia’s first-ever cross-border pipeline. At present, Nepal’s energy requirements are met by Indian tankers that are allowed into the country with petroleum, which is allowed as a part of the 1973 arrangement.
The pipeline is called a Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline. The primary reason for setting this pipeline up was to help the landlocked country meet its energy demands.
All about the Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline
There were primarily two reasons for setting the Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline up. First, the country needed the means to meet its energy needs, and second, the cost of fuel transportation needed to be chopped up.
Furthermore, the inauguration of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline was done by PM Modi, and his Nepalese counterpart, KP Sharma Oli through a video link. The Nepalese government has made arrangements for the security of the pipeline, which will be done by the army.
Furthermore, about 60 km of the pipeline will be used to supply diesel from Bihar’s Motihari city in the first phase.
The Hopes For the Future
PM Modi tweeted with a warm heart about the inauguration and the oil pipeline. The first-ever talk of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline project was first proposed in 1996. However, nothing had been done about it. The proposal turned into reality when PM Modi visited Kathmandu in 2014.
Although the project was supposed to be started by 2015, the earthquakes in Nepal and obstruction of supply in the southern borders posed a problem. However, now the pipeline is ready and about 60 km of the same is about to be used in the near future.
With the use of this oil pipeline, the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) is hoping to save about INR 2 billion every year, which is used up in freight for the petroleum products transported from India to Nepal. TheMotihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline is also expected to save millions of rupees extra by reducing the leakage of petroleum products, as per reports by Myrepublica.