India's vice-president lays foundation stone for Kartarpur corridor

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India's vice-president lays foundation stone for Kartarpur corridor

Gurdaspur (Agencies): India's Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday laid the foundation stone for the construction of Kartarpur corridor.


The four-km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform the groundbreaking of the corridor on Wednesday [Nov 28].

The proposal to construct the corridor providing visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims was renewed by Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in August this year.

Earlier, Indian Home Ministry wrote a letter to the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi, haling Islamabad's decision to open the Kartapur corridor.

The Indian cabinet agreed to the offer at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

The Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib in Narowal in Pakistan's Punjab province holds religious significance for the Sikh community. It is where Baba Guru Nanak settled down after his travels as a missionary. He lived there for 18 years until his death in 1539.

More than 3,000 Sikh pilgrims arrived in Lahore from India via special trains on Wednesday to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji from November 21-30.