After many years of waiting, the visa-free journey will now begin for the Sikh pilgrimage Kartarpur Sahib. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor on 9 November. They laid the foundation stone of the corridor on 26 November last year in India and 28 November in Pakistan. They have planted 8 thousand saplings in the corridor along the 3.8 km roadside of India. Along with 226 lights on the service lane and 114 lights on the main road.
Kartarpur Sahib distance from 120 km to 7.80 km
Till now, devotees had to travel 120 km long with a visa to visit Kartarpur Sahib. After the 7.80 km, a visa-free journey after the corridor will visit the Gurughar. Devotees who could not travel to Pakistan with visas visited Kartarpur Sahib with the help of binoculars from the Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Siddha San Randhawa of Dera Baba Nanak, a town about 40 km from Gurdaspur.
India spent around 500 crores
According to Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) President Govind Mohan, “The corridor is 3.8 kilometers long from village Maan to the international border in India. In the making of it, on 13 December 2018, they spotted it near Tarabandi. On 5 April 2019, the work of putting soil on the road started. They completed the construction of the road on 31 October. ”
Initially, they believed the cost of the corridor to be around 90 crores, then it increased to 290 crores. On the construction of the 100 crore corridor, they spent 190 crores on the construction of joint check posts. In July 2019, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had said that a corridor is being built at a cost of about 500 crores.
300 crore by Pakistan Spent
The Kartarpur Corridor is 4 km long towards Pakistan. According to Pakistani media reports, the Imran government has prepared it by spending Rs 300 crore in 9 months. One rupee of India is equal to 2.21 rupees of Pakistan. After the launch on 28 November 2018, Pakistan started work here from 31 January 2019, they completed it in October.
The number of devotees will increase to 10 thousand
Pakistan’s Corridor Project Director Atif Majid told that initially, 5000 pilgrims will come from India every day for darshan. Later this number will increase to 10 thousand devotees daily. They will build 152 counters for the passengers. They will build border terminals 350 meters from the zero points.
Important information on the corridor
- A 300-foot-high tricolor flag is displayed towards India in the middle of the Integrated Check Post on the Kartarpur Corridor, which will be visible up to 5 km away.
- They build the passenger terminal complex on 15 acres of land. The main building of 16000 sqm (about 13000 sqm surface +3000 sqm surface) is fully air-conditioned like an airport.
- On the Indian side, they will provide it with all public facilities to easily pass around 5,000 passengers daily.
It will have all the public facilities such as kiosks, washrooms, childcare, first aid facilities, prayer halls and snack counters inside the main building.
- There will be landscaped areas with water bodies, artifacts, sculptures of local culture, seating area, canopies, benches up to zero points.
- There will be 54 immigrant counters to facilitate pilgrims’ travel.
- A large parking lot is being built for 10 buses, 250 cars, and 250 two-wheelers.
- Pakistan released information by releasing video
- Pakistan released a video of the work done on the Kartarpur corridor. They have told it that devotees who will come from India to visit the Gurudwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.
- They will go through electronic trains and electronic minibusses to the passenger terminal after making an entry at the check posts made through Zero Line.
- Pakistan has installed 76 counters at the passenger terminal, besides immigration, checking, etc. will be done.
Pakistan has built a very large Khanda Sahib near Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib, which will be the center of attraction. They have given Small electronic vehicles a light green color, on the front of which the photo of Gurdwara Shri Kartarpur Sahib has been painted, while they have painted minibusses red, with the photo of Shri Kartarpur Sahib on both sides.