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Dera Baba Nanak Land Post Designated as Immigration Centre for visiting Kartarpur Sahib

The notification issued by the Union Home ministry has designated Dera Baba Nanak land post located in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district as an authorised immigration checkpoint to exit and enter for visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.

Kartarpur Sahib Corridor

The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor connects Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the banks of the Ravi River, about three-four km from the border in Pakistan.

The proposed corridor was institutionalised to facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims between Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan and Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India. The visitors are required to obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib where the Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, had spent more than 18 years of his life.  Dera Baba Nanak shrine was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.

As part of the trust-building exercise, the Pakistan new government had proposed to open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. Works to facilitate the opening the corridor began with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laying the foundation stone at the Indian side November 28 and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan laying the foundation stone at the Pakistani side on November 28.

 

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Cabinet approves construction of Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district to International Border

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet has approved building and development of Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab to international border with Pakistan. It was approved as part of 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, which falls in 2019.

Kartarpur

It is located in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Punjab province of Pakistan. Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism and its first guru had spent over 18 years of his life here. Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located about three to 4km from Indo-Pak border in Pakistan in Punjab.

Kartarpur corridor

It will facilitate pilgrims from India who visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, on the banks of the Ravi River in Pakistan every year. It was first proposed by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. If connected on both sides, this could also provide major boost to religious tourism as more pilgrims will be able to visit holy shrine throughout year.

It will be implemented as integrated development project with Centre government’s funding. Central Government will put in place suitable facilities for smooth passage of pilgrims. It will also urge Pakistan Government to “recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community, and develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory as well.

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