India Not Exchanging Narmada Water For Oil From UAE
A report claimed that “India will soon see a underwater train which will link Mumbai and Dubai,” and will facilitate “the exchange of goods from India to UAE and export of oil through a pipeline as well”.
Website Postcard, in its report, said:
“The UAE is looking to developing underwater rail network between Fujairah, UAE and Mumbai, India. In near future, resident of both nations might travel via undersea rail link. The report also stated that apart from the rail network for passenger transit, there are plans facilitating the exchange of goods from India to UAE and export of oil through a pipeline as well.”
It also claimed that, “The Indian government is said to have expressed cooperation and expressed interest in the project.”
A few people on Twitter have shared the Postcard’s report.
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The claim that India and the UAE will soon engage in exchange of oil and Narmada water is false. Here is why.
A government source told The Quint that there have been reports of underwater rail network in the media, but these are "somebody's assessment". He said that the MEA has "no information of this."
The underwater railway network between India and the UAE is actually a concept proposed by a UAE-based National Advisor Bureau Limited (NABL).
The company’s Managing Director, Abdullah Alshehhi, told The Quint that the rail network will not only cater to passengers, but will also be looking at transporting oil and other goods.
NABL has said the network can be used for transporting tourists, workers and other passengers between India and Gulf nations. The network can also be used to transport excess water from Narmada river via the water pipeline.
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