Nepal-India developing relations: Both PM’s virtually inaugurate much awaited Petroleum Pipeline

KATHMANDU, Sept 10:  The much-awaited Mothari-Amlekhgunj pipeline was inaugurated today with Prime Minister Oli announcing a cut in petroleum rates effective from today. Both the Prime Ministers inaugurated the completed project via video teleconferencing. The Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline was one of the most important projects to have been completed and officially inaugurated by both the Prime Ministers today.

(PM K.P. Sharma Oli) 

PM Oli expressed satisfaction that the project was completed well ahead of time. PM Oli said that “this will be environmentally friendly and will also reduce the economic burden of transportation. This project is an example of interconnectedness and connectivity between the two nations”. The PM also thanked his Indian counterpart. PM Oli also hoped that there would be similar projects in the pipeline that would enable the furtherance of bilateral relations. The PM also said that he was happy to note that the projects with Indian aid were gaining momentum. PM Oli expressed that the relationship between India and Nepal were dense with no scope of cooperation left behind and that both Nations were swiftly moving towards the path of development and strengthening partnership for mutual benefit.

(India PM Narendra Modi)

Similarly, PM Modi expressed that the people to people relations were the backbone of the bilateral relations between the two nations. “We have initiated bilateral meetings at the highest level, and I have met PM Oli 4 times over the past year, we have to continue strengthening our ties and continue discussions for the development and benefit of citizens of both nations. We had many projects inaugurated, we have in the last 5 years we have fulfilled many initiatives, we inaugurated the Pashupatinath Dharamshala and the ICP (Integrated Check Post) Bigunj. We are extremely satisfied that this is the first cross border pipeline completed in record time. 2 million metric tons of affordable rates petroleum products will be made available for the Nepalese people”.

” I am happy to note that your government has worked for the people by already reducing the prices of the products, I feel satisfied that I am a witness to this great event. We supported Nepal as our trusted and closest neighbor of what happened in the aftermath of the wrecking Gorkha Earthquake, I am happy that in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts that houses are made for the people and common people have a roof over their heads. I hope to inaugurate this project too, I am happy that we are ambitious, and we are moving forward at a satisfactory pace. We hope to increase our presence and cooperation in order to strengthen and take our relationship forward” he said.

Prime Minister Modi through a tweet has expressed his commitment towards the development of Nepal. Using his personal twitter handle he has expressed this message to the Nepalese people and also thanked the extended his best wishes to the people of Nepal.

According to the tweet, PM Modi has made Nepal a priority, and he is absolutely committed towards the development of Nepal and is willing to provide any assistance required in the process.

Nepal-India developmental projects are underway and with the completion of the much-awaited Motihari-Amlekhgunj pipeline project, it has enabled a positive encouragement for other existing projects to near completion. This is a first of its kind international pipeline between two nations in South East Asia.