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Kartarpur Corridor reopens tomorrow, govt says 'reverence for Sikhs'

Press Reporter News Service

New Delhi, November 16

Closed in March 2020 within the wake of the Covid pandemic, the Kartarpur Hall linking Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur to Gurdwara Darbar Saheb in Narowal, Pakistan, will reopen for pilgrims on Wednesday.

Union Residence Minister Amit Shah made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday saying, “In a significant choice, that can profit massive numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM Narendra Modi’s authorities has determined to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Hall from tomorrow, November 17. This choice displays the immense reverence of Modi govt in direction of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh group.”

The Residence Minister mentioned the nation is all set to rejoice the Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak on November 19.

“I’m certain that PM Modi authorities’s choice to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib hall will additional increase the enjoyment and happiness throughout the nation.”

Sources mentioned the Prime Minister’s Workplace was in contact with the Ministry of Exterior Affairs and the Ministry of Residence to finalise the modalities after serial representations to the federal government to reopen the hall.

The announcement of reopening follows three conferences of BJP leaders from Punjab, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister and residential minister, searching for that the hall be reopened.

The reopening comes at a time when every day Covid circumstances have been stabilising and lively Covid circumstances are at a 10-month low.

The Residence Ministry has, in the meantime, assessed the safety state of affairs earlier than giving the go-ahead to the hall reopening.

An settlement between India and Pakistan for the facilitation of pilgrims to go to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, Pakistan, was signed on October 24, 2019, with the intention to fulfil the long-standing demand of the pilgrims to have simple and clean entry to the holy gurdwara and to operationalise the hall in time for the 550th beginning anniversary of Guru Nanak.

The Settlement gives for visa-free journey of Indian pilgrims in addition to Abroad Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders, from India to the holy gurdwara in Pakistan each day, all year long. The hall connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur.

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