Nepal and India launch formal talks on petroleum pipeline

Nepal and India have formally begun talks on developing the much-delayed 41-km Amlekhgunj-Raxaul petroleum pipeline project. During his Nepal visit in the first week of August, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pledged expediting the project. Officials at Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) on Wednesday held talks on probable routes to lay the pipeline after field inspections in Amlekhgunj. A 12-member high-level IOC delegation arrived to Nepal on Tuesday evening for the talks. The project, which has been left in limbo for the last two decades, is expected help reduce leakage, make the supply cleaner and cheaper and provide relief to Nepali consumers from frequent shortages caused by strikes. Wednesday