PESHAWAR, 13 December: Construction work on the multi-billion-dollar project of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline has been started in Turkmenistan’s city of Mary on Sunday.

The ground breaking ceremony of the project was performed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Turkmenistan’s Presidents Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

The 1814km long pipeline project will be completed at a cost of US$10 billions and it will take three years to complete. The project will help Pakistan and India to overcome energy crisis.

The annual capacity of the pipeline is expected to be 33 billion cubic meters gas, which will be imported from Turkmenistan to the other partners of the project.file photo

The leadership of the four countries said the project would help in normalizing relations among the partner states.

“The TAPI gas pipeline project will not only fulfill the energy requirements of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, it will also be helpful in promoting peace and commercial activities amongst the regional countries,” said Nawaz Sharif while addressing the ground breaking ceremony.

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