India shares coordinates of Kartarpur Corridor with Pakistan “We want to complete our part of work before Islamabad”; says Rajnath

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NEW DELHI: In its bid to expedite the long-pending proposal to establish Kartarpur corridor, India on Tuesday shared the coordinates of the Zero point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International border with Pakistan.

India has also proposed two sets of dates i.e. February 26 and March 7 for the visit of Pakistan’s delegation to New Delhi to discuss and finalize the modalities. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is trying to complete its part of Kartarpur Corridor work before Pakistan.

Speaking to ANI, Rajnath said: “India will complete its part of Kartarpur Corridor work in a few days. I held a meeting with ministers to discuss the further plan of the project. I also reviewed the progress of ongoing work of Kartarpur Corridor. The government is trying its best to finish the project before Pakistan.”

The Indian government on the eve of Guru Purab on November 22 last year approved the construction of Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the India-Pakistan international border. Pakistan government had also announced to open the corridor next year.

The Kartarpur route along India-Pakistan border is three kilometres away from Gurdaspur in Punjab. Once functional, the corridor would allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, where Guru Nanak died in 1539.

Rajnath Singh said that India is trying to complete its part of Kartarpur Corridor work before Pakistan.  He said: “India will complete its part of Kartarpur Corridor work in a few days. I held a meeting with ministers to discuss the further plan of the project. I also reviewed the progress of ongoing work of Kartarpur Corridor. The government is trying its best to finish the project before Pakistan.”

“We are getting full support from the Punjab government and I have asked the authorities to handle it well in a time-bound manner,” he added.

On November 26 last year, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu had presided over the foundation stone laying ceremony of the corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab.

Two days later on November 28, 2018, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan too laid the foundation stone of Kartarpur Corridor along India-Pakistan border in Lahore. It is said that Guru Nanak Devji spent the last 18 years of his life at the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. (ANI)

Corridor plan

Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on Tuesday gave a detailed briefing regarding the pace of work on Kartarpur corridor to the Interior Secretary at Indian Interior Ministry in New Dehli. 

The meeting discussed the feasibility of the Kartarpur corridor. In the first phase, a four lanes corridor will be constructed from Indian Gurdaspur to border line with Pakistan while in the second phase a four lanes corridor will link Amritsar with Gurdaspur.

The meeting also reviewed security and law and order situation in connection with the construction of Kartarpur corridor. The Indian government after taking security measures and other arrangements regarding Sikh pilgrims visit to Pakistan will discuss the details with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan will construct 4.5 km long corridor to link Indian border with Gurdwara Sahib. A 800 meter long bridge on Ravi River will also be constructed. The government sources said an estimated 30 per cent work on the under construction corridor has been completed.  Pakistan would be able to complete construction of its 4.5km long corridor in August this year.