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Kartarpur Corridor – A Project Well on Track

As India continues to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev with series of programs, starting from November 2018, the work on Kartarpur Sahib corridor seems to be in full swing.

Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, a holy shrine associated with the life of Guru Nanak Dev, is located in Pakistan at about 2-3 km distance from the international border between India and Pakistan.

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This project is to connect two important holy places of Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian side with Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib on the Pakistan side. A corridor is being built so that pilgrims from India can enter the Pakistan territory through this corridor to reach the gurudwara.

This project has remained pending for years before a call was taken by Prime Minister Modi. It is to be noted that the construction of this corridor was first proposed when former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a bus ride to Lahore in 1999.

Dera Baba Nanak - Kartarpur Corridor Highway

Ever since the foundation stone for the project was laid on November 26, 2018, by the Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, work on both sides of has been fast-tracked. According to an official release, fifty percent of construction work has been completed on 4-lane Dera Baba Nanak – Kartarpur Corridor Highway. The highway is expected to be completed by September 30, 2019.

Passenger Terminal Complex of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor

Apart from the highway, a passenger terminal complex (on 15-acre land) at Dera Baba Nanak is also rapidly being built. This complex will have all public amenities to enable smooth passage of approximately 5,000 passengers per day. As per the official estimates, this project is also expected to be completed by 31st October, before the commemoration of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November 2019.

Co-operation from Pakistan

The Indian offensive on the terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot has not derailed the progress of this corridor, part of which also falls in Pakistan, to be built by them. Pakistan, as reported by Business Standard, has recently said that it has completed 80% of the work on the corridor.

The Indian diplomacy of engaging Pakistan on both fronts of hard and soft appproaches is clearly visible in the progress of this corridor on the other side of the border.