Kartarpur corridor: Delhi mulls over Pakistani proposals

India expected to complete its work for the opening of the Kartarpur corridor within 45 days: sources


Khalid Mahmood February 05, 2019
Work in progress at the Kartarpur Corridor. PHOTO: FOREIGN OFFICE

ISLAMABAD: India is expected to complete its work for the opening of the Kartarpur corridor within 45 days, diplomatic sources told The Express Tribune after a high-level meeting in New Delhi.

The sources said that Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria also attended the meeting in New Delhi with officials from the relevant ministries and stakeholders.

They said that the Pakistani draft on the corridor proposals had been received by the Indian side, which was considered in the meeting. The participants also discussed the possible final agreement with Pakistan on the project.

The sources added that India would send its draft of proposals within a month.

The country was also in process of acquiring land for the project on its side.

Resolution against construction on Kartarpur land submitted in PA

According to the sources, the Indian process of opening the Kartarpur corridor comprises four stages and at present, Delhi is on stage two.

In November last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor, which connects two Sikh holy sites — Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan and Dera Baba Nanak in India.

Pakistan’s friendly gesture is meant to facilitate the Indian Sikh community to visit the sacred place where Baba Guru Nanak, their spiritual leader, lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.

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