Kartarpur Corridor Agreement Signed

The highway, known as the kartarpur corridor, takes its name from the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is located in Pakistan and across the Ravi River. It is only 4.5 kilometers from the Indian border and close enough to be seen from India on a clear day. The corridor will connect The Dera Baba Nanak Shrine of Punjab to Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, just four kilometers from the international border, in Narowal district, Pakistan`s Punjab province. This is the place where the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev is said to have spent the last 18 years of his life. Mohammed Faisal, a senior official at Pakistan`s foreign ministry who signed the deal, told the media that Prime Minister Imran Khan would officially relax the corridor on November 9. Historian Fakir S. Aiyazuddin called it a „unique experience“ in cross-border relations between India and Pakistan. He affirmed that universality, symbolized by Guru Nanak, can bring people of all religions together. [103] The corridor has been described as a legacy project of Guru Nanak, which represents his way of life[104] and as a „warm“ exchange between the two Punjabs. [105] A special episode was devoted to the kartarpur corridor in the Hindi television series Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala. [106] Sunny Deol said the Sahib kartare corridor would help maintain peace between India and Pakistan. [107] [108] Many Sikh pilgrims congratulated Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and former Indian Punjab minister Sidhu, to whom they owe the opening of the corridor.

[94] The U.S. Department of State also welcomed the opening of the corridor. [109] India and Pakistan finally signed an agreement on Thursday for the operationalization of the kartarpur corridor that paves the way for Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the Darbar Sahib Holy Shrine in Pakistan. Pakistan has promised India to provide enough for langar (common kitchen) and for the distribution of prasad. The signing ceremony of the agreement took place at Kartarpur Zero Point, on the Pakistan-India border, in Narowal, and removed a significant legal obstacle to the opening of the corridor. He said the corridor will be open from morning to evening and pilgrims traveling in the morning will have to return the same day. The corridor is open all year round except on declared days which are informed in advance. Pakistan`s Frontier Works Organization has built 4.7 kilometers (2.9 miles) of special highways, including an 800-meter (2,600-foot) bridge over the Ravi River. Pakistan has also opened an immigration agency and expanded the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur to accommodate arriving pilgrims. [67] [68] The first phase of construction of the kartarpur corridor was completed in early November 2019. [69] Land Ports Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India and Ceigall India Ltd built the Indian side of the corridor.

[70] An integrated control post (ICP), a 3.5 km long four-lane highway and a 100 m bridge near Dera Baba Nanak were also built. [71] [72] In August 2018, Prime Minister Amarinder Singh unanimously passed a resolution regarding india`s Vidhan Sabha Punjab corridor. [54] As a result, the Government of Indian Punjab decided to address the Prime Minister of India as part of the opening of the corridor. . . .