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Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav during a meeting at the President's Office in Kathmandu on Monday. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma(

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav during a meeting at the President's Office in Kathmandu on Monday. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma(

India to build pipeline to Nepal for oil products
New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) In a move to deepen economic ties
with Nepal, India will build a 81-km pipeline from Motihari in
Bihar to the Himalayan nation to supply petrol, diesel and
ATF.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalled India's
willingness to build the Rs 200-crore pipeline to supply fuel
during his visit to Kathmandu yesterday, the first by an
Indian Prime Minister in 17 years.
He said pipeline will be built to transport oil products
to Nepal.
Nepal is dependent on India for meeting all of its fuel
requirement. Petrol, diesel, domestic LPG and jet fuel (ATF)
are currently trucked from Indian Oil Corp's (IOC) depot at
Raxaul in Bihar to Nepal.
In 2006, a 41-km pipeline from Raxaul to Amlekhgunj in
Nepal was proposed for transportation of the fuel. The
pipeline was to be funded 50:50 by IOC and Nepal Oil Corp
(NOC). But the project never took off as Nepal refused to fund
its share of cost.
IOC in the meanwhile has decided to shift its oil storage
depot from Raxaul to Motihari and the pipeline now proposed
will be laid from Motihari to Amlekhgunj.
"It is not a very big pipeline but we have to secure
statutory clearances from authorities in India as well as
Nepal before work on the pipeline can begin," said a senior
IOC official.
The Raxaul-Amlekhgunj project was to cost about Rs 100
crore excluding the cost of land acquisition and the new line
would cost almost double of that, he said.
Nepal's Commerce Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa had raised
the issue when he met Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on July
30.
"IOC is our main supplier of petroleum products. I have
reopened the subject (of laying the pipeline) with the
Minister (Pradhan). We want IOC to lay the pipeline," he had
told PTI after the meeting.
Nepal was keen on the pipeline from Motihari to
Amlekhganj in view of the traffic congestion and frequent
complaints of pilferage and adulteration during trucking.
IOC official said the pipeline will now be built by the
company. PTI