India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project To Connect Siliguri And Parbatipur

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New Delhi: India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. The project was inaugurated through a video conferencing, The Rs 346-crore project will be completed in 30 months and the capacity of the pipeline will be one million metric tonnes per annum.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the cooperation between India and Bangladesh as an example for the world as he jointly inaugurated the construction of a 130-kilometre friendship pipeline project and two railway projects with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

Both countries had entered into an agreement for the pipeline construction in April this year during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s visit to Dhaka.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister Modi described the cooperation between the two countries as an example for the world, according to an official statement.

He said the two countries were neighbours, geographically and family, emotionally. “Geographically we are neighbours. But emotionally, we are a family. Being part of each other’s joys and sorrows, helping each other in development is part of our family. In the past few years, we have shown to the world that when neighbours decide then a lot can be achieved,” Modi said at the event.

Modi said the pipeline will “add a new chapter in the friendship of the two countries”. He said the proposed pipeline will further energise not just Bangladesh’s economy, but also the relationship between the two countries.

The Prime Minister said be it decades-old border dispute or development projects, the two countries have made unprecedented progress.

He said the project will boost the friendship between India and Bangladesh and the pipeline will help fulfil energy needs at a cheaper rate to Bangladesh’s northern part.

Through the cross-border pipeline, India will supply fuel oil from its Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), located at Golaghat in the north-eastern state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive the oil at Parbatipur Depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in north-western district of Dinajpur.

Modi said although the project was financed by India, after its completion the infrastructure would be handed over to the Bangladesh government. Officials said this pipeline will play an effective role in further strengthening the energy security of Bangladesh.

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