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Prelims Syllabus : International Mains Syllabus : Paper – II India & its Neighbourhood Relation
  • India will  build  pipelines  to  carry  diesel  and  natural  gas  to  Bangladesh  as  the  world’s third largest energy consumer looks to strengthen ties with the neighbour.

About:

  • Prime  Minister  of  Bangladesh  and  her  Indian  counterpart  jointly  inaugurated  the construction   work   of   130km   Bangladesh-India   Friendship   Pipeline   between Shiliguri in West Bengal and Parbatipur in Dinajpur.
  • The start of works for Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline is going to add a new chapter in the friendship of the two countries. It will play a huge role in the mega project taken up by the Bangladesh government.
  • The pipeline, would specially contribute to fuel supply in a cheaper rate in Bangladesh’s northern part while after its construction with Indian financing, the infrastructure would be handed over to Bangladesh government.
  • This will be the first such pipeline through which refined diesel will be supplied to Parbatipur depot from Numaligarh of Assam in India.
  • The 131-km  pipeline  will  be  laid  from  from  Siliguri  in  West  Bengal  to  Parbatipur  in northern Bangladesh to transport diesel, a line from Dattapulia in West Bengal will take natural gas to Khulna, the third-largest city of Bangladesh
  • The pipelines are part of a non-binding Framework of Understanding (FoU) which India will enter into with Bangladesh for cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector.
  • India will supply 2.5 lakh tonnes of diesel for the first three years through the pipeline and the amount will be increased to 4 lakh MT in the last five years.
  • The import  of  fuel  will  be  further  raised  in  future  through  the  pipeline  as  per  the requirements  of    The  NRL  will  distribute  diesel  for  15  years  through  the pipeline and the time could be expanded following the consent of both sides.

Significance:

  • The Indian  prime  minister  said  that  the  two  countries  implemented  a  number  of projects within a short time which are the symbols of good relations.
  • Bangladesh-India bilateral cooperation had reached to a new height in the past few years while prospects for economic development would substantially be enhanced through such bilateral projects  as  ‘economic  development  is  the  biggest  challenge  for  South  Asian countries.  These projects are very important for people-to-people contact between the two countries.
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