March 6, 2007

India-Bangladesh-Myanmar gas pipeline is going to be open?

India wants to take the gas pipeline from Myanmar to Indian thorough Bangladesh. After long process now Bangladesh become agree to let India. In a meeting with Bangladesh and India at New Delhi, the option comes out.

Domain-b reported:

Definitely the tri-national pipeline issue will come up for discussion," power and energy adviser in the caretaker government Tapan Chowdhury said before leaving for Delhi to attend SAARC energy ministers' meeting.

The minister said he would raise the pipeline issue with his Indian counterpart. "There will be no conditions tagged with the pipeline. If it is beneficial for us economically we will move forward," he added.

Talks between the two countries on the proposed gas pipeline have remained stalled for over a year after New Delhi refused to accept three pre conditions Bangladesh had sought to impose.

The Khaleda Zia government in Bangladesh wanted India provide a hydro-electricity corridor from Nepal and Bhutan and transit facilities for its trade with the two Himalayan countries. Bangladesh also wanted India to reduce the trade gap before talks on the gas pipeline project can proceed.