Foreign Policy Watch: India-SAARC Nations

India moves to revive TAPI gas pipeline

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Mains Paper 2: IR | India and its neighborhood- relations.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the TAPI

Mains level: It is a strategically important energy project for India.


Hosting of Steering Committee

  1. India will host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline
  2. The decision was came during the sixth joint Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation

India’s Objective

  1. India’s effort is to tap Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gasfields, which are the fourth largest in the world



  1. The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank
  2. The pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India.
  3. Construction on the project started in Turkmenistan on December 13th, 2015
  4. The abbreviation TAPI comes from the first letters of those countries
  5. Proponents of the project see it as a modern continuation of the Silk Road

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