Kartarpur.
The shrine of Guru Nanak Dev in Kartarpur. The recommendations call for Indian pilgrims to be given free entry.
Image Credit: PTI

Highlights

  • PM Narendra Modi arrived at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Saturday and met former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal
  • Inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor is a historic move between neighbours India and Pakistan
  • PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the passenger terminal building of the Kartarpur Corridor which will connect the Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province
  • 4.7-km long passage which will grant Indian pilgrims access to resting place of Guru Nanak Dev who died at the start of the 16th century

Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Saturday and met former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Modi will inaugurate the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor later in the day.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived at the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor.

Flag off

Modi will flag off on Saturday the first batch of 500 Indian pilgrims, which includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her husband and SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and several ministers, MPs and MLAs from Punjab who will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through the Kartarpur Corridor.

Giani Harpreet Singh, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, will lead the Indian delegation as the religious leader.

4.7 kilometre long passage
The much-awaited Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, a 4.7 kilometre long passage that connects Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India’s Gurdaspur and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur will be formally thrown open for pilgrims on Saturday three days ahead of 550th anniversary of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev on November 12.

India and Pakistan will hold separate ceremonies on either side of the border to inaugurate the corridor which will grant Indian pilgrims access to the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev who died at the start of the 16th century.

The state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building, also known as Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the corridor, is built on 15 acres land.

The fully airconditioned building akin to an airport has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5000 pilgrims a day. It has all the necessary public amenities like kiosks, washrooms, childcare, first aid medical facilities, prayer room and snacks counters inside the main building.

On the other hand, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will also inaugurate the other side of the route on the same day, apart from other events that will be hosted to mark Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary.

Modi arrives

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Saturday and met former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Modi will inaugurate the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor later in the day.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived at the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor.

Modi will today flag off the first batch of 500 Indian pilgrims, which includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her husband and SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and several ministers, MPs and MLAs from Punjab who will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through the Kartarpur Corridor.

Giani Harpreet Singh, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, will lead the Indian delegation as the religious leader.

The state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building, also known as Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the corridor, is built on 15 acres land.

The fully airconditioned building akin to an airport has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5000 pilgrims a day. It has all the necessary public amenities like kiosks, washrooms, childcare, first aid medical facilities, prayer room and snacks counters inside the main building.

On the other hand, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will also inaugurate the other side of the route on the same day, apart from other events that will be hosted to mark Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary.