India, Pakistan in sync to build corridor for Sikh pilgrims


  • India and Pakistan have come together to build a corridor stretching a few kilometres from Dera Baba Nanak, located in the Indian state of Punjab to the banks of River Ravi in Pakistan to visit gurdwara Darbar Sahib, an iconic Sikh temple.
  • The corridor was first proposed by former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999, and had been in the queue ever since but Pakistan didn’t accept the proposal.
  • India will inaugurate the corridor on 26 November while Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan will lay the foundation later this week and has also invited the Sikh community to Pakistan for the occasion.
India and Pakistan have come together to build a passage from an Indian city located just a few kilometres away from the international border with Pakistan to help Sikh pilgrims visit the iconic Sikh temple Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where revered Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, spent his final days.

After weeks of internal discussions over the Kartarpur corridor – a passage to the Darbar Sahib that links Punjab to the Pakistan border -- the Indian government passed the resolution on the project. The decision marks Guru Nanak’s 550th birth year celebrations this year, one of the most important festivals for the Sikh community.

Reportedly, Punjab Minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu, had raised the issue to build the corridor during his recent visit to Pakistan that lead to the initiative. In response to this, Pakistan has also decided to open their side of the corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims.

The Kartarpur corridor stretching over two kilometres on either side will provide visa-free access from India to Darbar Sahib.

Rajnath Singh, India’s Union Home Minister tweeted the decision to build the corridor.


Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, also posted on Twitter saying that the move will help bring peace on either side of the border.


The corridor on the Indian side will be funded by the central government under ‘integrated development project’ will all modern amenities, Hindustan Times reported.

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, also posted a tweet calling Dera Baba Nanak Sahib & Kartarpur Sahib twin pilgrimage places.


The corridor was first proposed by the then India’s former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999, and had been in the queue ever since while Pakistan wasn’t in agreement earlier.
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