Says important issues are under discussion Pakistan to levy transit fee for safety and security of the pipeline Will be built as per global standards and incorporate all safety measures NEW DELHI: India is pursuing the issue of import of natural gas from Iran through the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, and important issues concerning the implementation of the project were under discussion among the participating countries, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora told the Lok Sabha on Thursday. As per current indications, the pipeline within Iran up to the border with Pakistan would be laid and operated by an agency to be nominated by Iran that would bear all responsibility for safety and security of the pipeline within its territory, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister said in a written reply to a question. Safety and security of the pipeline and gas within Pakistan would be provided by the Pakistan government for which a transit fee would be levied. Discussions on the security package by the Pakistan Government and the transit fee were continuing. The Minister said the pipeline would be constructed as per international standards, incorporating all safety features. It was envisaged to provide round-the-clock communication and a supervisory control system all along the pipeline. The Minister, however, said no official communication was received on China joining the gas pipeline project. Protracted talks Mr. Deora emphasised that such multilateral projects involved protracted discussions, as all aspects had to be carefully examined and deliberated upon to the satisfaction of the participating countries to protect each country's interests and avoid any problems in the future.