New Delhi, Feb 28 : Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora on Thursday said that important issues concerning the implementation of the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) transnational gas pipeline are under discussion amongst the participating countries.
Commenting on the safety and security of the pipeline, the Minister said: "All responsibility for safety and security of the pipeline within Iran will vest with Iran. Safety and security of pipeline and gas within Pakistan will be provided by the Pakistan Government for which a transit fee would be levied."
"Discussions regarding the security package by the Pakistan Government and the transit fee are continuing," Deora told Lok Sabha.
He went on to say that suitable provisions would be included in the contract with the Pakistan side for safety and security of the pipeline.
"It has been agreed that the pipeline proposed to be laid in Iran, Pakistan and India will be constructed as per the international standards, incorporating all safety features. It is envisaged to provide round-the-clock communication and supervisory control system all along the pipeline," Deora said.
He emphasized that such multilateral projects involve protracted discussions, as all the aspects have 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 in the successful operation of the project.
"No official communication has been received regarding China joining IPI gas pipeline Project," Deora added.