The construction works of a pipeline under in the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project have begun in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur.
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) Chairman Abu Bakr Siddique inaugurated the project work on Thursday at Sonapukur area of the upazila, reports bdnews24.com.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the project via video conference in 2018 after signing a Memorandum of Understanding for the project.
Project Director Tipu Sultan said after the end of the project Bangladesh will use the pipeline to import fuel oil for the Parbatipur depot from Numaligarh in India's Siliguri,
The authorities expect to complete the project by June 2022. Six oil tanks with a total capacity of 4,800 tonnes of oil and another two fire water tanks will also be constructed under the project.
"Once the work is done, oil will directly arrive from India and this will reduce the transportation cost. There will be no fuel oil crisis in northern parts of the country after the completion of the project work,” the BPC chairman said.
Rangkishan Khangarh, country manager of Numaligarh Refinery Ltd, and Masudur Rahman, managing director of Padma Oil Company Bangladesh, among others, attended the inauguration ceremony.
About five kilometres of the pipeline are in India and the rest is in Bangladesh, according to officials.