PM Modi will inaugurate Kartarpur corridor on November 8 on Indian side: Union Minister Harsimrat Badal

AHEAD of  Guru Nanak Ji’s  550th  birth anniversary  on Tuesday , November 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the integrated check post of the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor to Sri Kartarpur Sahib on the Indian side to connect it to Darbar  Sahib  where  Guru Nanak Ji passed away in 1539 at the age of 70.He lived there for  18 years .Guru Angad  had succeeded him. It is considered the second holiest place by the Sikh community after his birth place at Nankana   Sahib also in Pakistan. The Kartarpur corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims. They will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib. Kartarpur Corridor is a four lane highway linking Gurdaspur- Amritsar road to the International borders of Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan. Government of India approved development of Kartarpur Corridor project in November 2018.The historic Gurdwara is built   on the site where Guru Nanak settled and assembled the Sikh commune after his missionary travel. The   present gurdwara is built on the site where Guru Nanak Dev Ji died on 22 September 1539.The gurdwara is also notable for its location near the border between Pakistan and India. The shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border. Indian Sikhs gather in large numbers for viewing site from the Indian side of the border. The Shrine is located on the Ravi River within a distance of four kilometres from the Dera Sahib Railway station. The gurdwara is located very close to the border with India. The present building was built in 1925 at a cost of Rs.1,35,600, donated by Sardar Bhupindar Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala. What could not have been made possible for 72 years under the Congress rule, PM Modi has corrected that wrong now,” she added. Making the announcement   of the inauguration by PM Modi, Harsimrat Badal said has tweeted  : With the blessings of Guru Nanak Dev ji, Sikh Panth’s ardaas for ‘khule darshan deedar’ of Sri Kartarpur Sahib to finally become reality ! On Nov 8th, history will be created with PM Narendramodi ji inaugurating the Kartarpur Corridor on the Indian side,she added. Meanwhile,  Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has invited President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi to attend the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev  including the historic opening of the Kartarpur corridor. Pakistan says it is yet to decide about the inaugural date adding the corridor will be completed on time. (Edited by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty with courtesy to Livemint for the piz)

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