Roadblocks remain to TAPI pipeline construction

Tridivesh Singh Maini Independent Foreign Policy Analyst New Delhi Manish Vaid Observer Research Foundation New Delhi The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline, discussed for more than 20 years, would be welcomed by all participants, but numerous roadblocks to building it remain. A growing power crisis, the steady drop in Krishna Godavari basin (KG-D6) natural gas production, and increased global petroleum prices have prompted Indian policy makers to revisit all possible alternatives for increasing its supply of natural gas. Pursuit of these alternatives included signing the TAPI pipeline deal. This article explores various aspects of the pipeline's developme...

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