Bharat Provides Petroleum Pipeline and Railways to Nepal

These days bonhomie is in the air of Nepal as the Bharatiya Government is expediting its development assistance to its neighbor nation Nepal. Earlier Nepalese government complained that although Bharat declares the project for development of Nepal but it do not materialize it in slated time. However, it used occur due to the sluggishness of both the countries’ bureaucratic procedures.

As Nepal is hugely dependent on Bharat for all kind of trades, in fact, solely dependent on Bharat for petroleum import, recently, two developments have taken place which are landmark and truly breakthrough for the development of Nepal. One, being the installation of Oil Pipeline and the other, Railway commencement.

On 29th September, 2018, Bharat’s Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan visited Nepal and monitored the work progress of 69-Km Oil pipeline from Motihari in Bharat to Amlekhgunj in Nepal, for which the two governments signed an agreement in 2015. Covering 32.7 Km, of Bharat’s territory and 36.2 Km of Nepal’s territory, this pipeline that is being laid, has the capacity of supplying 200,000 liters of fuel in an hour.

It is assumed that this pipeline will result in savings of around Rs. 2 billion annually for Nepal by eradicating tanker trucks. Nepal has also proposed extension of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj liquefied petroleum gas and oil [petrol, diesel and kerosene] pipeline up to Chitwan. In this regard, construction of the petroleum pipeline from Raxaul to Amlekhgunj has been started already.

Minister Pradhan had appreciated the development of pipeline work during his inspection visit to Nepal. He has also assured that this project would certainly be completed prior to the deadline of three years. Indeed, it will be one of the phenomenal contributions of Bharat to Nepal which will embolden the Nepal-Bharat relations. As Bharat has invested Rs 322 crore for this project, Nepal must assist this project without letting any kind of intra-politics hindrance.

On 30th September, 2018, when Minister Pradhan visited Janaki Temple of Janakpur Dham with Nepal’s Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply, Matrika Prasad Yadav, the latter praised the contribution of Bharat for this pipeline. He shared with media that Nepal has requested Bharat to have another petroleum pipeline from Mahendranagar of Dhanusa, Nepal to Muzzafarpur of Bihar, Bharat. According to minister Yadav, the DPR of this pipeline will be starting in the near future. Moreover, Yadav has also requested Bharat to assist Nepalese people who migrate to gulf countries. Nepal wants Bharat to provide skillful training to Nepalese migrant workers.

Similarly, keeping in view the developmental aspects of Nepal, Bharat assisted railways network in Nepal connecting Bharat. On 4th October, Bharat’s Ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri inspected the Jaynagar-Janakpur rail line which has been successfully completed. According to the site engineer of Nepal Railway, Binod Ojha, the trial of railway line between Jaynagar and Kurtha is successful. “We can use this railway line to bring necessary construction material”, said Ojha.

According to Ojha, a train with 58 bogies rolled 8.5 Km portion from Jaynagar [Bharat] to Khajuri [Nepal]. Construction of Jaynagar-Janakpur rail line is almost completed and train services are likely to start soon. This line is in its extension form and likely to be operational by the end of November. The exact date of inauguration has still not been fixed. However, as the Bharatiya Consulate Office said, ‘formal inauguration of Kurtha-Jaynagar may take place in the second week of the December’. Similarly, out of 70 Km of total railway line that Bharat is providing to Nepal, 18 Km from Bijalpura to Bardibas section is under construction and likely to be completed in two years.

Well, it seems that dreams of Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli are materializing. PM Oli had floated dreams to his voters that Nepal would have railway connectivity and have petroleum through pipeline. One more dream he floated was that Nepal would also have water connectivity. I remember, during each of his visits to Nepal, Bharat’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Bharat is ready to provide support to Nepal for water connectivity. There so many projects that Bharat has been executing in Nepal but the above mentioned two projects are really phenomenal which Nepal can remember forever.

Problem lies in the politicians of Nepal. Basically, the leaders of Nepal Communist Party [NCP] take favor from Bharat but do not forget to play the Chinese card. China’s head of state has never visited Nepal in the past few decades and inflicts its diplomacy through bureaucratic reporting. But Bharat’s PM Narendra Modi has visited Nepal four times in the last four years and he is visiting Nepal once again in the coming months. And this time, most probably, he would visit Janakpur Dham once again and Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha.

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Randhir Chaudhary
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