India will formally commence the commercial supply of High Speed Diesel (HSD) to Bangladesh from 8 April, said Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on 7 April.
Interacting with Indian and Bangladeshi media on the sidelines of an event at a hotel here, Pradhan said that an inaugural consignment of 2200 metric tones of HSD would be sent to Bangladesh.
India plans to build a pipeline to carry HSD to Bangladesh and move a formal proposal on the friendship project during Hasina's meeting with Modi, diplomatic sources said.
Until the project is completed, HSD will be transported from Assam's Numaligarh Refinery to Bangladesh via rail and one such consignment will be flagged off by the two prime ministers.
Talking about current state of relations between Bangladesh and India, Minister Pradhan said, "There is a holistic cooperation between the two countries and our relations is moving towards a new era."
He said that the issue of water sharing of the River Teesta is important, but in the Indian riverine system, the opinion of all states through which the river flows needs to be considered before a final decision is made.