TAPI pipeline feasible, but doubts over IPI

India feels that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is technically feasible although it will pass over some of the highest mountain ranges in the world. It also feels that security and viability issues can also be resolved in due course.

However, it does not feel the same way about the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline which has been in the works much before the TAPI pipeline but has stalled after the U.S. tightened sanctions against Iran though India denies there was any pressure from Washington.

Speaking to journalists, government sources said the IPI pipeline project was yet to convince India on two counts — the assured supply of gas and the safety of the pipeline as it passes through the restive Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

“There is a $6-billion pipeline with another $30 billion worth of industries at the end of it in India. Either Iran has to be involved with some of the industries in India at the end of the pipeline or the gas grid in India should become operational, which it should in the next couple of years,'' they reasoned.

The sources, citing Iranian government officials, said the oil payments issue had been resolved. They appreciated Tehran for continuing to supply $1 billon of oil every month even as the payments issue was in limbo.

The sources said Japan had said that despite the devastating natural disaster which had hit the country, it would continue with investment plans in two mega projects in India — the Dedicated Freight Corridor and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

A letter from the Editor

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 4, 2020 5:54:38 PM |

Next Story