Construction works has begun on "TAPI" gas pipeline.
On December 13, 2015 the ground-breaking ceremony of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and infrastructure facilities at the third development stage of the Galkynysh gas field that will be the resource base for the new energy route in the early stage took place in Mary Velayat. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari, who arrived in our country a day before, attended the ceremony.
The TAPI gas pipeline project is implemented in accordance with the intergovernmental agreements between the four states. The TAPI gas pipeline has the length of about 1,814 kilometers. 214 kilometers of them are to be laid on the territory of our country. The pipeline route will run across the cities of Herat and Kandahar in Afghanistan and the cities of Quetta and Multan in Pakistan to Fazilka village in India.
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani underscored the historic significance of the event. The leader of Afghanistan said that the project implementation would promote social and economic development of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, where new cities and settlements and thousands of new jobs would be created.