The Motihari-Amlekhgunj Petroleum Pipeline is not only a milestone for India-Nepal relations, but also the first project of its kind in South Asia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated the project through video conferencing. The India-Nepal Energy Cooperation Project exemplifies the deep bilateral relations between the two countries and the pipeline has been completed in just 15 months, much ahead of the deadline to complete construction in 30 months.
To accelerate the pace of development in Nepal, India is constructing several basic projects. Apart from railway development, India has participation in other schemes. Prime Minister Modi welcomed the announcement of the decision by the Prime Minister of Nepal to cut the price of petrol and diesel and said that the benefits of this project will reach the common people directly.
The 69 km long Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline was proposed in 1996. But nothing progressed for many years. An agreement was reached between the governments of the two countries in August 2015 and the project costing 325 crores started in April 2018. This project truly reflects the views of the Prime Minister of Nepal, 'prosperous Nepal, happy Nepali' and Prime Minister Modi's mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas'.