India signs agreement to lay oil pipeline to Nepal
Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is on a three-day visit to Kathmandu, and Nepalese minister of commerce and supplies Sunil Bahadur Thapa signed a memorandum of understanding for the petroleum product pipeline, according to an official statement.
This will be the first trans-national petroleum pipeline in South Asia and forms part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of improved regional connectivity among SAARC countries.
Nepal depends on India for meeting all of its fuel requirements. Petrol, diesel, domestic LPG and jet fuel (aviation turbine fuel) are trucked from Indian Oil Corporation's (IOC) depot in Raxaul to Nepal.
The two ministers reviewed bilateral cooperation in the petroleum sector. They agreed that the two sides can work to expand cooperation in oil and gas to several other areas, according to the statement.
The 41-km pipeline - 2 km in India and 39 km in Nepal - will initially supply petrol, diesel and kerosene. ■