October 24, 2019
The Union Cabinet has approved building and development of the corridor, allowing pilgrims from India easy access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur
The agreement comes on the historic occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus
The travel will be visa free and pilgrims will need to carry only a valid passport; Persons of Indian Origin need to carry OCI card along with passport of their country
An online portal has been launched for registration of pilgrims; Indian Government is also building infrastructure for all-weather connectivity through the corridor
Government of India signed an agreement on October 24 to operationalise the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak. The signing was witnessed by representatives from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as the State Government of Punjab. The Union Cabinet has also approved the development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Punjab, to the International Boundary, to facilitate Indian pilgrims’ visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan, also called Kartarpur Sahib.
The agreement comes on the historic occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. The occasion is to be celebrated by Sikhs from around the world. Herein, Government of India’s landmark decision will provide pilgrims from India safe and convenient passage to Kartarpur Sahib throughout the year. In addition to the Agreement being signed, a framework has been established for specifics of the operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. Meanwhile, India is building infrastructure to support all-weather travel through the corridor.
The highlights of the framework are –
Government of India’s initiative around the project will add to the festivities of Sikhs from around the world as they observe the auspicious occasion. With regards to all-weather connectivity through the corridor, both countries will provide infrastructural support in terms of the highway and the Passenger Terminal Building required to navigate the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. This establishes the robust security architecture required for the smooth and easy passage of pilgrims. Additionally, the Government has launched an online portal – https://prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in/kpr/ – to assist pilgrims with registration, receipt of Electronic Travel Authorisation as well as any other information.