Lahore: Pakistan will allot 42 acres of land for the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, 14 times more space than originally planned, the Punjab governor has announced.
He also said that 80 per cent of the work on the landmark Kartarpur Corridor has been completed, according to a media report.
The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar on Tuesday announced the increase in land allotted for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib from three acres to 42 acres, The News reported.
“We want to convey this message to the Sikh brethren living all over the world that there will be no cut in land for Gurdawara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur and Guru Nanak, rather 42 acres land has been allocated for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib and 62 acres for cultivation,” Sarwar said during his visit to the corridor to review the pace of work on the project.
“In this way, total land for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib will be 104 acres,” he said.
The governor, who also heads the committee for religious tourism and heritage, said the total land for Kartarpur Corridor will be 408 acres.
He said 80 per cent of the work on the Kartarpur Corridor has been completed as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and hopes that it would be completed before the 550 birth celebrations of Guru Nanak this year.
Sarwar also hoped that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor, the report added.
The governor said it was a “good omen” that the second round of talks between Pakistan and India on the Kartarpur Corridor remained successful.
He added that special transport would be provided to Indian Sikh pilgrims from a checkpoint to Darbar Sahib. Sarwar said construction of three ‘langar khanas’ was underway at Darbar Sahib where Sikh pilgrims would be provided quality meals and other facilities, the report added.
The pilgrims coming from India would have to return back from Kartarpur in the given time and the ones coming from the UK, the US and other countries on valid visas would be granted permission to stay here and houses are being built for them, the report added.
Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India.
Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about 4km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor in Gurdaspur district.
Two days later, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125km from Lahore.