In­dia push­ing for en­ergy jus­tice on a global plat­form: Prad­han

Says with cook­ing gas, elec­tric­ity for all, govt has democra­tised reach of hy­dro­car­bons

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In­dia is push­ing for en­ergy jus­tice on a global plat­form, sim­i­lar to the ef­forts that have been made within the coun­try, said Min­is­ter for Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas, Dhar­men­dra Prad­han.

Speak­ing at the first min­is­te­rial at Petrotech 2019, Prad­han high­lighted how there is a big shift of en­ergy con­sump­tion from Europe to Asia.

“Our phi­los­o­phy of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals has given us and the world com­mu­nity a tar­get to at­tain. In­dia is com­mit­ted to ful­fill­ing this global goal in an In­di­anised ver­sion. En­ergy jus­tice is our strat­egy,” he said.

Prad­han high­lighted how the govern­ment has been pro­vid­ing cook­ing gas and elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions na­tion­wide in an at­tempt to democra­tise the reach of hy­dro­car­bons. These ef­forts will boost the coun­try’s over­all out­put as more mem­bers of the fam­ily will have the time to en­gage in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties, he added.

TAPI pipe­line project

The need for greater en­ergy ac­cess, and the util­ity of the pro­posed Turk­menistan-Afghanistan-Pak­istan-In­dia (TAPI) pipe­line for the same, was sec­onded by Afghanistan’s Min­ster of Mines and Petroleum, Nar­gis Ne­han.

Also speak­ing at the min­is­te­rial, Dhar­men­dra Prad­han, Min­is­ter for Petroleum & Nat­u­ral Gas

she said: “Afghanistan is part of the $9.9-bil­lion TAPI project. The project has reached Afghanistan and an agree­ment be­tween the govern­ment of Afghanistan and the project im­ple­ment­ing part­ner will be signed in the near fu­ture. Land ac­qui­si­tion and project re­lated stud­ies

such as en­vi­ron­ment ground sur­vey for the trans­mis­sion of pipe­lines have been ini­ti­ated. An ac­tion plan will be signed for the project im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

Ne­han added that the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of Afghanistan will need sus­tain­able and re­li­able en­ergy so­lu­tions.

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