Construction work on Kartarpur corridor initiates
NAROWAL: The longstanding dream is finally being materialized in a literal sense as heavy machinery reached Kartarpur area of the district to start construction work on the corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur district.
According to details, the construction company, in charge of the whole project, has shifted heavy machinery and raw material to Kartarpur to start building a four-kilometer road from the Gurdwara to the border.
The construction of two bridges on the Ravi and on seasonal nullah Baeen is also a part of the project whose work will begin in couple of days.
In a historical event on November 28, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of Kartarpur Corridor which was also attended by Indian ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri on the invitation of the Pakistan government.
After Pakistan’s initiative to open the Kartarpur Corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Baba Guru Nanak next year, India had also agreed and decided to build the Kartarpur road corridor up to the border with Pakistan.
Pakistan and India both had made an official announcement on November 15 in this context.
Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located at the bank of Ravi river in Pakistan is about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
The Sikh community was demanding for a long time to build a corridor linking India’s border district of Gurdaspur to historic gurudwara in Narowal, Pakistan. The corridor will give Indian pilgrims easy access to the shrine in Kartarpur.