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Gas pipeline from West Bengal to Bangladesh to help north east

Petroleum Ministry has taken up with the Bangladesh government about its proposal to lay natural gas pipeline from Chittagong port to Tripura to address the cooking gas requirments of the North east, Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said

Mr Pradhan said he has taken up with the Bangladesh government for laying a pipeline carrying natural gas from Chittagong to Tripura to address the cooking gas shortage of the north-eastern states.

In return India proposes to supply diesel by laying a pipeline from Siliguri in West Bengal to Parvatipur in Bangladesh for transporation of diesel. There is a pipeline carrying diesel from Numaligarh oil refinery in Assam to Siliguri.

In exchange, we have given the proposal for a gas pipeline from Chittagong Port. LPG gas will be imported through Chittagong port.

The minister also laid the foundation for a bottling plant in Assam with 60,000 tonnes per annum capacity with an estimated cost of Rs 143 crore, which is likely to be completed by 2019. With the new bottling plant in the state, the minister expressed satisfaction that the supply of LPG would be doubled and would cover most of the homes.

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