No doubt, the Kyrgyz proposal has some merit. Not only would the laying of power transmission lines be easier than the construction of gas pipelines, but that Central Asian nation also has the requisite experience as it already supplies power to other non-contiguous states such as Russia. Also, Bishkek has apparently already entered into such an agreement in principle with Beijing; now it is offering to supply power to Indias power-deficient northern states. In this context, it must be mentioned that India already draws on cross-border power supplies from the mountain kingdom of Bhutan. This relationship has the potential to be an exemplar for similar cross-border trade in power. The power purchase agreement from the Chukha project in particular has stood the test of time. And last week, the Power Trading Corporation signed a deal whereby Nepal would supply eight hours of peaking power to the northern grid at a competitive price for a 25-year period. This project would go on stream in five years and provide power from a dedicated generation plant. With trans-border oil and gas pipeline projects being bogged down by regional politics, inter-state power trading provides a feasible alternative to gas, if not oil, pipelines.