India, Nepal inaugurate first cross-border petroleum products’ pipeline

Asia and Pacific
10 SEP 2019

NEW DELHI, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — India and Nepal on Tuesday inaugurated the first cross-border petroleum products’ pipeline link in South Asia, an official statement said here.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli inaugurated the ‘Motihari-Amlekhganj’ oil pipeline through video conferencing.

Modi said that the 69-km “Motihari-Amlekhganj” pipeline, with a capacity of two million metric tons per annum, will provide cleaner petroleum products at an affordable cost to the people of Nepal.

Modi noted that regular exchanges at highest political levels have laid down a forward-looking agenda for expanding India-Nepal partnership. He expressed confidence that the bilateral relations between India and Nepal will continue to further deepen and expand across diverse sectors.

Before this, the tankers carried petroleum products from India to Nepal as part of an arrangement which has been in place since 1973.