The 10 billion dollar mega Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is the first such venture in which neighboring nations are collaborating to meet their energy requirement. This project will bring gas from Caspian Sea for Pakistan and India and will also help integrate South and Central Asian nations to open new vistas of cooperation and help them achieve economic development. These views were expressed by speakers at an international conference, organised by the Embassy of Turkmenistan on the occasion of its 25th National Day. The 1800-km-long dream pipeline projects will help energy- starved South Asian nations to meet their energy requirement.
The conference was inauguarted by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and was attended by ambassadors and diplomats from various countries. The foundation stone of this prestigious project was laid at Asghabad in December last year jointly by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Afghan President Ashraf Gani and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimunamedov. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmender Pradhan said the Embassy of Turkmenistan along with Indo-Turkmenistan friendship society organized a seminar on this occasion.
"India considers TAPI as a strategic project as it is a first step to strengthen the vision of Central and South Asia as a one region. The project would be of immense benefit for economies of the partner countries, boosting their industrial development programme,” the Minister said. The 1814-km-long pipeline project will carry 90 million cubic meters of gas daily and will provide energy to gas power projects in India. It will enter India at Fazilka and pass through Kandhar and Herat. The Minister said the Prime Minister attaches great significance to relations with Turkemnistan and other Central Asian Nations. It is because of this that besides Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also visited Asghabad.
Pradhan said relations between two countries are historical. Turkman Gate in Old Delhi is a testimony of that. Infact Bairam Khan and his son Abdul Rahim Khane-Khana held high positions in the Mughal court and Turkemnistan was a major centre of the Silk Route. In his address, Ambassador Parakhat Durdyev described TAPI as a dream project and said it will bring two countries closer. He said his country is impressed by economic development of India and can get highly benefited by its expertise in various technological fields. He said bilateral relations are multifaceted and are set to grow faster in coming years.
Cultural troupe from Turkmenistan gave an enthralling performance of music and dance on the occasion. Ambassador of Russia, Azerbaijan, Tunisia and other countries along with several former diplomats who have served in the Central Asia participated in the event. One minute silence was also observed to mourn the death of Indian Ambassador in Tajikistan.