Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. This year, the occasion became a little more special for the entire country!
The Kartarpur corridor was thrown open to the public on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
On 9th November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur corridor at Gurdaspur and Kartarpur, respectively.
The corridor links Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab (India) to Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur (Pakistan). Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev.
The opening of the corridor will now enable visa-free travel of Indian pilgrims to the auspicious place.
PM Modi inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP), which is the passenger terminal building of the Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side. Here, the pilgrims will receive clearance to make their way through the recently built 4.5 km-long corridor.
He flagged off the first jatha of pilgrims consisting of over 500 devotees. The batch was led by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh. It also included several popular names such as Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, former CM Parkash Singh Badal, Navjot Singh Sidhu, and Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and all the Punjab MLAs and MPs were also a part of the delegation.
PM Modi thanked Imran Khan for understanding the country’s sentiment associated with the Kartarpur Corridor.
Addressing a gathering at a Border Security Force camp about 8km from Dera Baba Nanak, the PM said, “ I thank Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. He understood India’s feelings on the Kartarpur Corridor issue, gave respect and, keeping in view those feelings, worked accordingly.”
“After the construction of this corridor, Gurudwara Darbar Sahib (in Kartarpur, Pakistan) will become easily accessible to Sikh pilgrims. I express my gratitude to the Punjab Government, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and every partner who helped built this corridor in due time,” he added.
He asserted that he was fortunate to be able to dedicate the corridor to India.