New Delhi: Government of India has approved a detailed plan to develop the Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district, Punjab to the international border. The government will construct state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Complex at Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. The PTB Complex will have all the necessary passenger amenities to facilitate pilgrims intending to visit the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib on Pakistan side.

“Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI), which is mandated to build and operate Integrated Check Posts along the land borders of the Country, has reportedly been entrusted with this work and has been directed to complete the work on a fast track basis, before 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in November 2019. The design and quality parameters have been prepared keeping in view the aspirations and religious sentiments of the followers of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji,” a government source claimed.

According to the sources, 50 acres of land has been identified for the purpose and will be developed in two phases. Phase-I will be developed over 15 acres for which the process of land acquisition has already commenced.

“The Passenger Terminal Building Complex to be developed in the first phase is proposed to have a fully air-conditioned building of approximately 21,650 sq mts of built-up area. The design of the PTB Complex has been inspired by the symbol ‘Khanda’ which represents values of oneness and humanity. The disabled-friendly building will display murals/ photographs based on rich Indian cultural values with eye-soothing landscaping. It will have adequate immigration and customs clearance facilities to process the smooth movement of approximately 5000 pilgrims per day,” a government official claimed.

 The complex will have open areas for kiosks, cloakrooms and adequate parking space. The passage up to the zero point on the international border will be covered. The PTB Complex may cost an estimated Rs 190 crore. In addition, a 300-foot national monumental flag will be erected at the international Border. Phase-II will cover development of a viewer gallery, a hospital, accommodation for pilgrims and expanded amenities.