Kartarpur corridor: PM Modi to flag-off first batch of pilgrims today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday flag off the first batch of Indian pilgrims that will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor.

Before the inauguration ceremony, PM Modi will pay obeisance at Ber Sahib Gurudwara at Sultanpur Lodhi and then later participate in public programme at Dera Baba Nanak.

The inauguration of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) would facilitate, Indian Piligrims to visit to Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan.

India has signed the Agreement with Pakistan on the October 24 on the modalities for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak.

It may be recalled, the Union Cabinet passed a resolution on November 22 last year to celebrate the historic occasion of 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in a grand and befitting manner, throughout the country and across the globe.

The Union Cabinet also approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Boundary, to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, round the year, in a smooth and easy manner.

The Agreement signed with Pakistan on October 24 provides a formal framework for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.

Provisions made for facilitation of Pilgrims

The state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building is on 15 acres land. The fully airconditioned building akin to an airport has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5000 pilgrims a day.

It has all the necessary public amenities like kiosks, washrooms, child care, first aid medical facilities, prayer room and snacks counters inside main building.

Robust security infrastructure is put in place with CCTV surveillance and public address systems.

A 300ft. National Monumental Flag is also being hoisted at the International Border.