Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Current Affairs - 2020

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 prakashpur550.mha.gov.in 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.

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Foundation stone laid for Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Gurdaspur

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid foundation stone for construction of Kartarpur Sahib corridor on Indian side at Mann village in Gurdaspur district, Punjab. The corridor will provide visa free passage to Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit holy site of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

Gurudwara Darbar Sahib

It is 16th century Gurdwara located on the banks of the river Ravi in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Punjab province of Pakistan. It is located about 3 to 4km from Indo-Pak border in Pakistan in Punjab. This gurudwara was established by the first Sikh Guru in 1522. It is important for Sikhs as Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism and its first guru had assembled Sikh community and lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.

Kartarpur Corridor

It will road link that will connect India’s border district of Gurdaspur with historic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It purpose to let Sikh pilgrims visit holy shrine without visa and to help them walk across and come back without having to secure visa.

Indian side of corridor will start from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district and extends upto International border between India and Pakistan. The corridor will be developed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and will be funded by the Union Government.

The project corridor is 4 lanes with service road and will encompass all other appropriate amenities needed by pilgrims while visiting the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It will help to boost tourism and people to people contact between both countries as more pilgrims will visit holy shrine throughout the year between two countries.

Background

India had first proposed Kartarpur Sahib corridor in 1999 when then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took bus ride to Lahore. Recently this year Pakistan had decided to revive this proposal and built corridor on side. Union Government had decided to build this corridor upto international border between India and Pakistan as integrated development project to mark 550th birth anniversary of the Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

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