Nepal | August 14, 2020

Tree clearance nod for pipeline project

• Motihari-Amlekhgunj petro pipeline

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 20

Construction of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline project is expected to gain pace following the Cabinet’s recent nod to clear necessary trees along the conserved areas that fall within the project route.

Though almost 70 per cent of pipe-laying works of the cross-border pipeline have been completed along the Nepal side, the pipe-laying works along almost 10-kilometre area that falls within the Parsa Wildlife Reserve and a few other community forests had been halted owing to the lack of approval from the government to cut down the trees. However, the tree cutting process will begin shortly, thereby expediting the project,
according to Bhanubhakta Khanal, the coordinator of the oil project.

Earlier in November last year, the Ministry of Forests and Environment had given a nod to the environmental impact assessment of the cross-border pipeline project allowing Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) to cut down almost 6,000 trees in the conserved areas along the project’s route. However, the project was waiting for the Cabinet’s approval to cut down necessary trees for the project.

As a majority of the work of the project has already been completed, Khanal believes that the Cabinet’s nod to clear necessary forest encroachments along the project’s route will ensure timely completion of the oil project.

If everything goes as planned, construction of the much-hyped Nepal-India Oil Pipeline Project will be completed within March, giving respite to the country which has been relying on tankers for petroleum supply, said Sushil Bhattarai, deputy managing director at NOC.

The 37.2-kilometre long project involves laying 10.75-inch diameter pipes and will have the capacity to supply 200,000 litres of oil per hour. The fuel pumping facilities will be located in Motihari, India. NOC plans to conduct the trial of the project by supplying diesel in the first phase.

The INR 2.75-billion petroleum pipeline project is expected to be instrumental in ensuring uninterrupted supply of petroleum products
in Nepal and reduce fuel transportation costs.


A version of this article appears in print on January 21, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Pandemic and State: How is state accountable?

COVID-19 Global Lens The COVID-19 pandemic presents the world with a huge challenge: everyone and every area is affected, and the response has to be both quick and consorted. This pandemic may be primarily a health crisis for some states, but COVID-19 is also an education crisis, an employment an Read More...

Female inmates of Nepalgunj prison sent to Bardiya and Dailekh

NEPALGUNJ, AUGUST 12 Following the confirmation of COVID-19 in some inmates, Nepalgunj prison administration in Banke has shifted its female inmates to other districts. At a time when concerns are being heard about the number of inmates exceeding the capacity of the prison, the prison administ Read More...

Great Perseid meteor shower is here but will the weather play a spoilsport?

KATHMANDU: Not only did the weather play a spoilsport during the great celestial show, as Perseid meteor showers were on peak, this year the moon phase (last quarter) too hindered enthusiasts from enjoying it as it impeded view of the shower peak. Considered one of the best meteor showers of the Read More...

China high-speed rail

China plans to expand railway network to 200,000 km before 2035

BEIJING: China plans to expand its railway network, the second largest in the world, by one-third in the next decade and a half, as part of a long-term plan to rev up urbanisation and stimulate local economies. China aims to have about 200,000 kilometres (124,274 miles) of railway tracks by the e Read More...

Civil Aviation Ministry preparing for fifth phase of repatriation

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 12 As the reopening date of flights has been postponed by the Cabinet meeting held on Monday, the government has also announced that it will conduct fifth phase of repatriation flights. Based on the government’s announcement, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Read More...

Ola rolls out Infinix Note 7 in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Infinix, a premium online-driven smartphone brand designed for the young generation has launched the much-anticipated Note 7 series. The Infinix Note 7 comes with 48MP QuadCamera, capable of shooting high detailed picture even in low light, MediaTek Helio G70 chipset and 6.95- inch HD+ Read More...

Over Rs 2.22bn budget frozen in Lamjung

LAMJUNG: More than Rs 2.22 billion of the total budget allocated by the federal government and Gandaki Province government to Lamjung district for the fiscal year 2076/77 BS has remained unused. The district received a budget of Rs 8.91 billion from the central and the provincial governments, acc Read More...

Oli, Dahal meet in Baluwatar after over a week long hiatus

KATHMANDU: Ruling Nepal Communist Party  (NCP) co-chairs Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal held talks today after over a week long hiatus at the former's official residence in Baluwatar. The meeting that looks to bring the current stalemate within the party resumed after a gap Read More...