Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid obeisance at Ber Sahib Gurudwara at Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab before he inaugurates the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur.
The 4.2 km-long corridor from the Indian side has come up in connection with celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikhism.
The Corridor, initially proposed by India in 1999 during the famous Lahore Bus Yatra by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was agreed to by Pakistan in August 2018, will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with the popular Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal district of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister will also participate in public programme at Dera Baba Nanak.
The inauguration of the ICP check post would facilitate, Indian Piligrims to visit to Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan.
India has signed the Agreement with Pakistan on October 24, 2019 on the modalities for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak.
The Union Cabinet passed a resolution on November 22 , 2018 to celebrate the historic occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji in a grand and befitting manner, throughout the country and across the globe.
The Union Cabinet also approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Boundary, to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, round the year, in a smooth and easy manner.
The 4.2 Km four lane highway connecting Dera Baba Nanak from Amritsar – Gurdaspur Highway is constructed at a cost of Rs 120 crore.
The state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building is on 15 acres land. The fully airconditioned building akin to an airport has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5,000 pilgrims a day.
It has all the necessary public amenities like kiosks, washrooms, child care, first aid medical facilities, prayer room and snacks counters inside main building.
A robust security infrastructure is put in place with CCTV surveillance and public address systems.
A 300 ft National Monumental Flag is also being hoisted at the International Border.