PM Modi inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor and flagged off more than 500 pilgrims who are all set to visit the Darbar Sahib shrine situated in Pakistan on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev
Kartarpur: Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor at the integrated check post from the Indian side. On the day of historic Ayodhya verdict pronounced in India, PM Modi became witness to another historic event of this corridor's inauguration and said it will bring double happiness to India and Pakistan.
The Kartarpur Corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib (Kartarpur Sahib) situated in Narowal district of Punjab in Pakistan.
Soon after the inauguration, PM Modi thanked Pakistan PM Imran Khan for understanding India's sentiments.
"All Sikh gurus sacrificed their lives for India's unity. Guru Nanak Ji is an inspiration for all and I am privileged to dedicate the Kartarpur Corridor to the nation," said PM Modi.
BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Sunny Deol, Union minister Hardeep Puri and Shiromani Akali Dal's Sukhbir Badal, Congress leader Navjjot Sidhu were also present to witness the historic event.
PM Modi also flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims travelling to the holy shrine in Pakistan.
PM Modi released a special coin on the eve of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan will inaugurate the corridor on the Pakistani side and he will receive Indian Sikh pilgrims, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The work on Kartarpur Corridor began in India on November 26, 2018. The foundation stone was laid in the Pakistan side on November 28, 2018.
The Passenger Terminal Building, also known as Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the corridor, is built on 15-acre land.
It is a fully air-conditioned building has over 50 immigration counters to facilitate about 5000 pilgrims a day. It includes amenities like kiosks, washrooms, childcare, first aid medical facilities, prayer room and snacks counters.
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Last Updated Nov 9, 2019, 2:02 PM IST