NEW DEHLI: On Thursday, the Indian government has approved the development of Kartarpur corridor months after Pakistan offered to build the passage to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims wanted to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District near the Indian border.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
“In landmark decision, the Cabinet approves building and development of Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border. Kartarpur corridor project with all modern amenities and facilities to be implemented with Central Government funding, the minister tweeted Thursday.
Indian Cabinet endorsement of Pakistan’s proposition on #KartarPurBorderOpening is victory of peace lobby in both countries, its a step towards right direction and we hope such steps ll encourage voice of reasons and tranquility on both sides of the border.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 22, 2018
He further added: The Kartarpur corridor will provide smooth and easy passage to pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib throughout the year.
Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is three kilometres from the India-Pakistan border, is the final resting place of Guru Nanak where he spent 18 years.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry hailed the decision and termed it as ‘victory of peace lobby in both countries’.
“It’s a step towards right direction and we hope such steps will encourage voice of reasons and tranquility on both sides of the border,” he further added.