India-Nepal oil pipeline to be completed in March

Kathmandu, January 11

Nepal Oil Corporation says that the much-hyped Nepal-India Oil Pipeline Project will be completed by March 2019.

NOC’s Deputy Managing Director Sushil Bhattarai says that the project will be complete as soon pipes are laid in the forest area. The project, which started in December 2017 should have finished by now.

The project’s construction work was delayed after the government didn’t approve its environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on time. The assessment had to be conducted in areas around the Parsa Wildlife Reserve and a few community forests where the oil pipes are being laid. Over 6,500 trees have to be cut down in order to lay the petroleum pipes.

According to Bhattarai, 200,000-litre diesel can be imported in an hour after the completion of the project.  This also reduces the transportation and leakage cost, which totals to over Rs 1 billion.

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