Dharmendra Pradhan visits Nepal to review petro pipeline project

New Delhi: Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday left on a 2-day visit to Nepal to observe the progress made over the Motihari-Amelkhganj petroleum pipeline among other assignments, officials said.

Pradhan will call on Acting Prime Minister of Nepal, Ishwor Pokharel in Kathmandu today. He will also have bilateral talks with the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply Matrika Prasad Yadav in the afternoon.

On Saturday, Pradhan will visit Amelkhganj to see the progress of Motihari-Amelkhganj oil pipeline.

The 69-kilometre long pipeline is currently under construction as a joint investment project between India and Nepal with an investment of Rs 3.2 billion by the Indian Government and Rs 1.2 billion by the Nepal Government.

The pipeline will be the first transnational petroleum pipeline in South Asia and will be a significant step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of improved regional connectivity among SAARC countries.

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