The Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with much fanfare on Saturday. It has been done three days ahead of the 550th anniversary of founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev.
Among the first group of 550 pilgrims who will travel to Kartarpur are former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, actor-politician Sunny Deol, and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Congress MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu has been given clearance by the Centre to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
Pakistan held a separate event on the other side of the border, with the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan declaring it open from the other end of the Kartarpur Corridor.
PM Modi inaugurated the Integrated Check Post, where pilgrims will get clearance to travel through the newly-built corridor.
Before the inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister offered prayers at Ber Sahib Gurudwara at Sultanpur Lodhi.
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The 4.5 km-long corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur with Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, a small town about four km from the International Border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
PM Modi also participated in a public programme at Dera Baba Nanak after the inauguration.
Dera Baba Nanak is likely to receive some 30,000 pilgrims daily for four days between Friday and Monday. The pilgrims will be accommodated in 544 European-style tents, 100 Swiss cottages and 20 darbar-style tents on a 30-acre plot.