Baba Guru Nanak Dev Current Affairs - 2020

PM Modi inaugurates Integrated Check Post at Kartarpur Corridor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur in Punjab. Moeover, the first Jatha of Sikh pilgrims also entered Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor. Earlier, PM Modi also flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims led by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib via corridor.

About ICP at Kartarpur Corridor

Objective: The rationale behind the establishment of ICP is to secure country’s borders while facilitating legitimate trade and commerce.

Facilities Provided: ICPs house all regulatory agencies such as Immigration, Customs, border security, among others, together with all support facilities like parking, warehousing, banking, hotels etc. in a single complex. The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) is the implementing agency.

Background: To celebrate the historic occasion of 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in the year 2019, India has signed an agreement with Pakistan on 24 October 2019, on the modalities and formal framework for operationalisation of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak. The ICP would thus facilitate, Indian Piligrims to visit to Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan.

About Kartarpur corridor

It connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur, Punjab in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal, Pakistan. Kartarpur Gurdwara is known as the the final resting place of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh faith. It is located on the banks of river Ravi and is just over 4 km from Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab.

India Pakistan sign Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Agreement

On October 24, 2019, India signed the Agreement with Pakistan for the operationalization of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary. The representatives from Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs and the representatives from Punjab Government were present during the ceremony.

About Kartarpur Sahib Corridor

To celebrate the occasion of 550th Birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak the Indian Government passed a resolution in November 2018 for the construction of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. The 4.2 km corridor connects the Dera Baba Nanak in the Indian side with the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan

Highlights of the agreement

  • Every Indian pilgrim of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor
  • The travel is Visa free and the pilgrims have to carry a valid passport alone
  • The persons of Indian origin are required to carry the OCI card
  • The corridor will remain open from dawn to dusk. However, pilgrims have to return on the same day

The main issue that still prevails is that Pakistan is to levy 20 USD as service charge per pilgrim per visit. India had consistently urged Pakistan not to levy charges. India still went ahead and signed the agreement.

The has gone live on October 24, 2019 for the pilgrims to register. The pilgrims are to be provided with Electronic Travel Authorization on registration that they need to carry when they arrive at the Passenger Terminal Building.