President of India, Ram Nath Kovind and Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, will lay the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nank, Gurdaspur, on November 26. The decision to build the corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Border was taken today by the Union Cabinet.
The Chief Minister said the development of the corridor will facilitate lakhs of pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river, in Pakistan, where Shri Guru Nanak Devji spent 18 years. He also welcomed the decision of the Pakistan government to allow the pilgrims to visit Kartarpur on the occasion of the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev ji and said this gesture could go a long way in improving relations between the two countries.
Following the union government’s decision to build the Kartarpur corridor, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted, “Prime Minister Imran Khan will break ground at Kartarpura facilities on 28 November.”
Meanwhile, in a letter, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked the state government to make all preparations from the foundation laying ceremony on November 26.
The Union Home Secretary has also written to Yudhvir Singh Malik, Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, seeking necessary action for preparation of the project and for laying the foundation stone on 26th November 2018.
A copy of the letter has been sent to the Punjab Chief Secretary with the request to extend all possible cooperation and support for the project and to DG, BSF, for all support and facilitation in the matter.