Russia-India gas pipeline: Will a Chinese incursion make the Russia-India pipeline less viable?
Feb 28: Is a Russia-India pipeline viable? 8At the estimated cost of $25 billion, the shortest route is through the Himalayas and into northern India. 8This is “a route which poses several technical challenges,” according to souces who also consider a less technically challenged but longer alternative route via Central Asia, Iran and Pakistan into western India viable. 8The project will make sense only in the absence of much cheaper alternatives, which could be realised in a much shorter period of time. 8The recent Chinese offer to to build the Pakistani side of the pipeline from Gwadar to the Iranian border to the mostly completed Iranian section may allow the line to be extended to India, thus making Russian gas through the $25 billion pipeline much more expensive to bring to India. Click on Details for more