Since the opening of the Kartarpur corridor in November 2019, nearly 44,951 pilgrims travelled through the route to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak, informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Pakistan’s Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is marked as the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.
A state-of-art Integrated Passenger Terminal Building at Dera Baba Nanak and a four-lane National Highway (NH-354B) from Dera Baba Nanak to the international boundary had been built to provide smooth and easy passage to pilgrims throughout the year. It was informed by Union Minister for State Home G Kishan Reddy.
From November 9, 2019, to January 31, 2020, a total of 44,951 pilgrims travelled via the Kartarpur corridor to pay obeisance at Sri Kartarpur Sahib, he said. Mr Reddy further informed that the immigration authorities are not stamping the passport of the pilgrims. At the same time, India has urged the Pakistan government not to levy any fee or charge on the pilgrims. Each pilgrim has to pay USD 20 to Pakistan to visit Kartarpur Sahib.
Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak situated about 1 km from Indo-Pakistan and on the east bank of River Ravi in Norwal district of Pakistan. The Kartarpur Corridor is a visa-free border crossing and secure corridor. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation of the corridor on the two sides. Imran Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur corridor at a ceremony that was held in Gurdwara Darbar Sahib complex in the presence of 12,000 pilgrims on November 9, 2019.