Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved building and development of Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab to the international border with Pakistan.
This initiative was approved as part of 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, which will fall in 2019.
Pakistan government has also welcomed the decision and agreed to cooperate for this initiative.
Kartarpur Corridor will facilitate pilgrims from India who visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, on the banks of the Ravi River in Pakistan every year.
Kartarpur Corridor plan was first proposed by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. If connected on both sides, this could also provide a major boost to religious tourism as more pilgrims will be able to visit holy shrine throughout the year.
Kartarpur Corridor will be implemented as an integrated development project with Centre government’s funding. Central Government will put in place suitable facilities for smooth passage of pilgrims.
Kartarpur Corridor will also urge the Pakistan Government to “recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community, and develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory as well.
Kartarpur is situated 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.