HETAUDA, Nov 6: The installation of petroleum pipelines from Raxaul to Amlekhgunj has witnessed a fifty percent progress. Works to develop an underground network to bring petroleum products from Raxual, India to Amlekhgunj have been intensified.
Under the petroleum pipeline project of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), there will be a 37.35 kilometers Raxual-Amlekhgunj gas pipeline and so far installation works on a 19-km distance have been completed.
Project chief Bhanubhakta Khanal said the NOC had already been granted permission from the Forest Ministry to remove trees remaining on the pipeline installation route. The Nepal Timber Corporation will cut such trees and the NOC will compensate the Ministry for the loss.
A total of 5,888 trees on an area covered by the Parsa Wildlife Reserve need to be chopped to clear the way for the installation of the pipeline. The project covers 10-km forest area belonging to the reserve. The project had begun in last April. Nepal and India have invested IR 2.75 billion for the project and the Government of India is bearing IR 2 billion and the remaining amount will be invested by Nepal. RSS