Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (File pic)
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (File pic)

Punjab CM seeks reduction in notice period of online applications for pilgrims visiting Kartarpur this year

ANI | Updated: Oct 01, 2019 22:04 IST

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Oct 1 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked the Centre to cut down on the 30-day notice period for pilgrims to apply online for visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara during the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.
"Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has asked the Central Government to cut down on the 30-day notice period for pilgrims to apply online for visiting the historic Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara during the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations," Punjab Chief Minister's Office said.
The inauguration of Kartarpur corridor is scheduled to be held on November 9. The inauguration ceremony will take place three days before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
India has also asked Pakistan to "reconsider" its decision to charge USD 20 as service charge from pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan.
Initially, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit daily from India but later 10,000 pilgrims will be allowed per day, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian side of the border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border is being built by India.
The four-lane highway connecting the Zero Point of the corridor up to National Highway-354 is being constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Besides, a passenger terminal is also under construction.
The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian 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. (ANI)

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