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Kartarpur corridor Becoming ready; Operate on Pakistan side Really slow: MHA

Last updated on October 17, 2019

The online enrollment for pilgrims seeing Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is anticipated to commence on October 20 as a four-lane highway linking the zero point’ for onward travel to Pakistan is becoming ready, but operate throughout the boundary is extremely slow.

A state-of-the-art passenger terminal using a facilitation center to host government officials accountable for ensuring hassle-free journey of pilgrims, food kiosks, parking places, and safety points will even come up from November 8 if Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor.

The entire area of the passenger terminal is 2.5 lakh sq ft which is being assembled on a 20-acre property.

India has suggested the initial group of pilgrims must cross over to Pakistan on November 8.

Mohan said the job on the four-lane highway along with the passenger terminal, which may adapt 5,000 pilgrims, will likely be finished by October end.

On the other hand, the gradual progress of the job in Pakistan is visible from the side since there’s not any work on the street in addition to the bridge that can connect the four-lane road constructed by India.

“Pakistan has deferred the structure but it’s assured it is going to finish the job in a great time,” Mohan said.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is among the holiest Sikh shrines situated in the neighboring nation.

Mohan reported an alternate road has been constructed up into the zero stage on account of the unavailability of this bridge and the street on the Pakistan side.

Pakistan will offer transport up into the zero stage to select up pilgrims for their side of their facilitation center and also to drop down them.

He said India and Pakistan are still speeding on Islamabad’s insistence of charging USD 20 from every pilgrim and time of their pilgrimage daily (first entry and final departure time).

A total of 55 immigration counters have been put up in the passenger terminal.

There’ll not be any visa requirements however pilgrims might need to carry their passports.

Sailendra Agri, vice president of the Shapoorji Pallonji group, stated 1,832 labors are operating in numerous shifts while 58 heavy-duty cranes are also being engaged for the job.

Mohan also stated the job is currently in progress on cellular networks across the corridor along with also a’darshan that’ for people unable to see the gurdwara in Pakistan.

The corridor will join the Dera Baba Nanak shrine here using the gurdwara in Kartarpur, only approximately four kilometers from the worldwide boundary, situated at Shakargarh at Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, had invested over 18 decades of his life in the gurdwara Kartarpur, situated on the banks of the river Ravi.

Last month, the two nations had agreed on visa-free traveling of Indian pilgrims into Gurudwara Darbar Sahib with the Kartarpur corridor with no restrictions.

A pilgrim will just obtain a license to go to the revered gurdwara in Pakistan.

It was also determined that 5,000 pilgrims may visit the shrine daily and that extra pilgrims will be allowed on particular events, subject to power growth of centers by Pakistan side.

India and Pakistan had decided that the corridor will be usable during the entire year and seven days each week, in which pilgrims could have a decision to see it as individuals or in teams.

Both sides agreed to construct a bridge in Budhi Ravi station. Pending the construction of the bridge over the Pakistan side, the two sides agreed to the crossing point coordinates of this temporary support street.

Both sides had intended to start the corridor before the yearlong parties to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev starting next month.

On October 3, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said former prime minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to combine the initial all-party”jatha” (delegation) into the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to combine the mega event following the opening of this Kartarpur corridor.