New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated a Rs 377 crore pipeline project to supply diesel to northern Bangladesh. The project is expected to reduce costs and carbon emissions. During the inauguration of this pipeline, PM Modi said that this pipeline will start a new chapter in Indo-Bangladesh relations.
How would diesel supply happen now?
Prime Minister Modi said that at present, diesel is supplied from India to Bangladesh through a 512 kilometer long rail route. The 131.5 km long pipeline will supply one million tonnes of diesel every year from Numaligarh in Assam to Bangladesh. He said that this will not only reduce the transport expenditure, but also reduce carbon emissions.
Construction started in 2018
According to media reports, the construction of the pipeline project started in 2018. This is the first cross-border energy pipeline between the two countries. It has been built at a cost of about Rs 377 crore, out of which Rs 285 crore has been spent on laying the pipeline in Bangladesh. India has spent this amount under grant aid. Through this, initially high-speed diesel will be sent to seven districts of northern Bangladesh.
PM Modi praised Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Modi said that Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in the last few years under the able leadership of PM Sheikh Hasina. He said that every Indian is proud of him and we are happy that we have been able to contribute to this development journey of Bangladesh. He said that the India-Friendship pipeline was started in September 2018. With the help of this pipeline, one million metric tonnes of high speed diesel will be provided to the districts of North-West Bengal.
what are the advantages
This Indo-Bangladesh pipeline has the capacity to transport one million metric tonnes of high speed diesel per year. The operation of the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline is a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective and environment-friendly way of transporting high speed diesel from India to Bangladesh and will advance cooperation in energy security between the two countries.