Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur in Punjab tomorrow.
Prior to the inauguration, Modi will pay obeisance at the Ber Sahib Gurudwara in Sultanpur Lodhi. Later, he will participate in a public programme at Dera Baba Nanak.
The inauguration of the ICP check post would facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan. India had signed the agreement with Pakistan on October 24 on the modalities for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak.
The Union Cabinet had passed a resolution on November 22, 2018 to celebrate the historic occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in a grand and befitting manner, throughout the country and across the globe.
The Union Cabinet also approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Boundary, to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, round the year, in a smooth and easy manner.
As part of the development work, a 4.2-km four-lane highway connecting Dera Baba Nanak from Amritsar – Gurdaspur Highway was constructed at a cost of Rs 120 crore.
The state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building is located on 15 acres of land. The fully air-conditioned building, akin to an airport has more than 50 immigration counters, for facilitating about 5,000 pilgrims a day.
It has all the necessary public amenities including kiosks, washrooms, childcare, first aid medical facilities, prayer room and snacks counters inside the main building. A robust security infrastructure has been put in place with CCTV surveillance and public address systems.
A 300 ft. National Monumental Flag is also being hoisted at the International Border.
The agreement signed with Pakistan provides a formal framework for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.
The highlights of the agreement are that Indian pilgrims of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor; The travel will be Visa Free; Pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport; Persons of Indian Origin need to carry OCI card along with the passport of their country.
The corridor is open from dawn to dusk. Pilgrims travelling in the morning will have to return on the same day; The Corridor will be operational throughout the year, except on notified days, to be informed in advance.
Pilgrims will have a choice to visit as individuals or in groups and also to travel on foot; India will send the list of pilgrims to Pakistan 10 days ahead of travel date. Confirmation will be sent to pilgrims 4 days before the travel date.
The Pakistan side has assured India on sufficient provision for ‘Langar’ and distribution of ‘Prasad’ besides the Portal for Registration.
The pilgrims will have to necessarily register themselves online on the portal prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in and exercise their choice to travel on any day. Pilgrims will be informed by SMS and email of the confirmation of registration 3 to 4 days in advance of the date of travel.
An Electronic Travel Authorization will also be generated. The pilgrims need to carry Electronic Travel Authorization, along with their passport, when they arrive at the Passenger Terminal Building.
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