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Dhaka, Delhi, Yangon to talk pipeline project this month

From News Forum Bangladesh
13/ 07/ 2005
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Energy officials from Myanmar, India and Bangladesh will meet in Yangon later this month to iron out differences between New Delhi and Dhaka over a proposed tri-nation gas pipeline.(The Independent)

A technical committee comprising officials from the three countries engaged in negotiations on the construction of the trans-national gas pipeline from Myanmar to India via Bangladesh will meet in Yangon this month, the Myanmar Times newspaper reported Monday.The over $1 billion project envisages a pipeline that will carry gas from a newly developed gas field off Myanmar's western Rakhine coast via the Indian states of Mizoram and Tripura before crossing through Bangladesh to Kolkata in West Bengal.

Bangladesh, however, tagged some proposals to the project calling for reduction of the trade imbalance with India, provision of a corridor for Nepalese goods to Bangladeshi ports and access to hydroelectric power in Bhutan.

The technical committee meeting will be a follow-up of a bilateral meeting between Myanmar and Indian energy ministers in New Delhi last week during which it was decided that India and Bangladesh would try to work out an agreement for a trilateral pipeline.The energy ministers of the three countries agreed in principle during a meeting in Yangon in January this year on the laying of the gas pipeline. However, a formal signing of the agreement has been delayed up to now.


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