Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated the first cross-border energy pipeline via video-conference. The first cross-border friendship pipeline has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 377 crore, of which the Bangladesh portion of the pipeline built at a cost of approximately Rs285 crore, has been borne by the government of India under grant assistance. Addressing the event, Prime Minister Modi said the inauguration of friendship pipeline has started a new chapter in India-Bangladesh relations. Highlighting that the inaguration was taking place a day after the birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founding leader of Bangladesh and father of Sheikh Hasina, PM Modi said the joint project is a perfect example of his 'Sonar Bangla' vision.
India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline will enhance cooperation in energy security between our countries. https://t.co/rj6RA0jq3W— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 18, 2023
The foundation stone for the construction of this pipeline was laid by both Prime Ministers in September 2018. Numaligarh Refinery Limited has been supplying petroleum products to Bangladesh since 2015.
Energising the deep & abiding friendship!— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) March 18, 2023
PM @narendramodi & PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh virtually inaugurated the 132 km India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline that will transport High Speed Diesel to Bangladesh in a reliable & sustainable manner.#NeighbourhoodFirst pic.twitter.com/vFNbvYjSVg
This is the second cross-border energy pipeline between India and its neighbours.Enhanced connectivity with Bangladesh will further strengthen people to people linkages between two sides.
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