Pakistan on Monday declared the Kartarpur corridor is going to be opened to get Indian Sikh pilgrims on November 9.
The statement was made through the inaugural trip of foreign and local journalists into the projected Kartarpur corridor at Narowal, some 125 kilometers from Lahore, amid continuing tensions between India and Pakistan later New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
Project Director Atif Majid told the visiting journalists who far 86 percent of their work on the corridor was finished, and it’ll be started on November 9.
Majid said the development work would be finished by next month.
The corridor will join Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur using Dera Baba Nanak shrine at Gurdaspur district of Punjab and ease the visa-free motion of Indian pilgrims, that would need to acquire a license to go to Kartarpur Sahib, that was launched in 1522 by Sikh religion founder Guru Nanak Dev. The corridor is going to soon be opened in November before Guru Nank Dev’s 550th anniversary.
Pakistan is constructing the corridor in the Indian border into the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur while India will assemble another area in Dera Baba Nanak at Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up into the boundary.
Both nations have agreed that Pakistan would let 5,000 Sikh visitors every day to the country throughout the corridor, which is also the very first visa-free corridor between the two neighbors because of their independence in 1947.
Majid reported some 76 immigration counters are set up to appeal to 5,000 Sikh pilgrims from India daily. He explained that initially, 5,000 Sikhs from India will come each day and after the amount will grow to 10,000.
The statement has come on a day which Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and a group of officials in the Union Home Ministry and Land Port Authority of India took inventory of their ongoing job at Dera Baba Nanak on the other hand.
Union Home Ministry’s Additional Secretary Govind Mohan was also present throughout the meeting, ” the ministry stated.
The four-lane highway linking the Zero Point of this Kartarpur Corridor as much as National Highway-354 has been assembled from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Pakistan, but repeatedly stated that the launching of this Kartarpur corridor wouldn’t be struck by the present tension with India.