Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Discussion: Explained
On 14th March 2019 officials from India and Pakistan gathered to discuss and settle the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor at the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border.
Indian pilgrims, taking advantage of the corridor, will be able to visit the holy shrine of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. By November 2019, Indian Government is trying to open the corridor on the holy occasion of 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
External Affairs Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, National Highways Authority of India and BSF authorities along with Punjab Government officials were representing the Indian side for the discussion.
Spokesperson of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry and Director General South Asia and SAARC Muhammad Faisal was leading the delegation from Pakistan side.
Kartarpur Corridor discussion held a month after Pulwama terror attack
Pulwama terror attack which happened on 14th February 2019, exactly after a month, the discussion for Kartarpur Corridor held. In the notorious Pulwama attack, 40 CRPF personnel were killed by a suicide bomber in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had taken the of the attack. The terror attack was led by JeM Chief Masood Azhar.
Dera Baba Nanak – Kartarpur Sahib Road Corridor – Foundation Stone
Earlier, to mark the beginning of prosperous relation between India and Pakistan, on November 26, 2018, Vice President M Venkaiah laid the foundation stone for the construction of Dera Baba Nanak – Kartarpur Sahib Road Corridor in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, on the Indian side at Mann village.
Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh and Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal was present at the foundation event.
Project work on Kartarpur Corridor
- 50 Acers of land has been identified and acquired by Indian govt. for Kartarpur Sahib corridor
- There will be a passenger terminal building, which will be built in two phases. Colored in green, the building will house photographs and mural that portrays rich Indian cultural values
- The symbol ‘Khanda’ has inspired the fundamental design of the passenger complex. ‘Khanda’ depicts the humanity and oneness values. Nearly five thousands pilgrims can be catered in the building at ones.
- The passenger terminal building will feature arobust security system for the safety of passengers.
- Once the building is ready, the terminal building can host 5,000 pilgrims anytime.
Important Note: –
The Union Government, on 22nd November expressed decision to construct the road from Kartarpur Corridor to Corridor as a jointly managed project to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th birth anniversary in 2019.
India and Pakistan had jointly taken decision to build corridor at each of their sides to facilitate the visiting of holy shrine for Sikh pilgrims without VISA. A decision was also made by both countries to let the pilgrims walk across freely without having to secure a VISA.
Kartarpur Corridor: A bridge between India and Pakistan
- The Kartarpur Road Corridor will be the bridge between historic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan and India’s border district of Gurdaspur.
- India’s border district of Gurdaspur is the starting point of the Indian side of Corridor, which extends till the International border between the two countries.
- National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken the project and will get fund from the Union Government.
- 4 lanes pattern will be followed to build the corridor and it will have all the needed facilities that will be required by the pilgrims when visiting to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur in Pakistan.
- The project will boost tourism and encourage Sikhs for the pilgrimage to the holy shrine throughout the year
* A Captain Amrinder Singh chaired committee will continuously monitor, review and observe the project work to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
- The corridor will also spread spiritual heritage, empathy and love between two countries.
- The corridor project was previously proposed by India in 1999 at the time of Vajpayee Government
About Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur
- It is located at the bank of River Ravi in Pakistan, approximately 4 km away from Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of India.
- Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur is the place where a Sikh community was assembled by Guru Nanak, who lived there for 18 years till his death in 1539.
- A set of binoculars are installed in Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India to see the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Pakistan.
- After restoration in 1999, the Shrine was opened for public.
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