Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon inaugurate the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab on Saturday, 9 November, signalling the formal opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, on the Indian side.
The corridor will become operative after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurates the channel from the other side, on Saturday itself.
A 550-member Indian delegation, comprising former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a number of lawmakers and eminent citizens will visit the shrine using the corridor on Saturday.
- PM Modi will also address a public meeting after inaugurating the terminal
- The corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur with Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, about four kilometres from the international border
- The inauguration will mark the celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev
Delhi Govt to Offer Free Pilgrimage to Nankana Sahib in Pak
The Delhi Cabinet on Friday, 8 November, took an in-principle decision to offer free pilgrimage to Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Kartarpur under its flagship ‘Mukhyamantri Tirath Yatra Yojana,’ PTI reported.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The government will bear all expenses of pilgrimage to Kartarpur, Kejriwal said.
Under its fully-funded scheme launched in July, the AAP government is currently sending senior citizens on pilgrimage to 12 destinations.
Kartarpur Corridor: Pak Takes U-Turn, to Charge Pilgrims $20
According to sources, Pakistan will charge $20 as facilitation fee from every pilgrim using the Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday, 9 November, ANI reported.
Earlier, Pakistan had announced that no fee will be charged on the opening day.
Sri Sri to Skip Inauguration Due to Prior Engagements
Due to prior commitments, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will not be attending the Kartarpur Corridor opening. He was invited by the Pakistan government on Thursday, 7 November.
30-Acre Tent City Flooded a Day Before Inauguration
A day ahead of Kartarpur corridor inauguration, the base camp set up for pilgrims in Punjab’s border town of Dera Baba Nanak was found partly submerged with water from sudden rain on Thursday, 8 November.
The Tented City project in Gurdaspur district, developed at a cost of Rs 4.2 crore, has been left damaged, with hoardings announcing the ‘Dera Baba Nanak Utsav’ lying scattered around the 30-acre complex.
Dera Baba Nanak is expected to receive around 30,000 pilgrims daily for four days between Friday, 8 November and Monday, 11 November.
The pilgrims, many of whom will be coming from distant lands, will be accommodated in 544 European-style tents, 100 Swiss cottages and 20 darbar-style tents that span the 30 acre land that has been transformed into a well-equipped Tented City, with capacity to put up around 3,500 people a day according to the government.
Modi to Inaugurate PTB at Dera Baba Nanak
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab on Saturday, 9 November, formally opening the Kartarpur Corridor connecting two historical gurdwaras on either side of the India-Pakistan border.
Indian Sikh Pilgrims Will Require Passport to Visit Kartarpur: Pakistan
Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib will need a passport to use the Kartarpur Corridor, which will be inaugurated this week, the Pakistan Army has said, according to a media report on Thursday, 7 November, days after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Indian devotees would only need a valid ID to visit the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
The comments by Pakistan Army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor came a day after India asked Pakistan to clarify whether passport will be required by the Sikh pilgrims to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur.
Sikh Pilgrims Will Not Be Allowed to Indulge in Political Activities: Pakistan
Pakistan on Wednesday said that Sikh pilgrims will not be allowed to indulge in any “political activities” at gurdwaras during their visit to the country to attend the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and the Kartarpur corridor opening.
“No political activity is allowed at the religious place (gurdwara). It is strictly banned and the action will be taken if any one (Sikh) is involved in political activities during his visit here to take part in religious festivities,” Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) chairman Dr Amir Ahmed told PTI.
Sidhu Writes Second Letter to MEA to Attend Kartarpur Ceremony
Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday sought permission from the External Affairs Ministry for the second time to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan on 9 November.
In a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Sidhu said he had been invited by the Pakistan government for the opening ceremony of the corridor, which will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab.