Cabinet approves development of Kartarpur corridor, urges Pak to reciprocate

New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) In a landmark decision and that could have impact Indo-Pak relations especially on religious pilgrim matters, the Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod for building and development of Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border and said Pakistan will be ‘urged’ to reciprocate the gesture and develop suitable facilities.

“The Kartarpur corridor will provide smooth and easy passage to pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib throughout the year. Government of Pakistan will be urged to reciprocate and develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

He further wrote: “In landmark decision, the Cabinet approves building and development of Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border. Kartarpur corridor project with all modern amenities and facilities to be implemented with Central Government funding”.

A High Level Committee chaired by the Home Minister will regularly review, monitor and oversee the implementation of activities to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, he wrote.

In a series of tweets, the Home Minister said: “Shri Guru Nanak Devji is deeply revered by all. His message of humanity, peace and brotherhood of eternal value. These Celebrations will help propagate his message”.

The Government of India also decided to celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in 2019 throughout the country and worldwide, in grand and befitting manner.

The Home Minister said the States/UTs also being requested to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in a befitting manner. “Indian missions overseas to organize special events on the occasion. UNESCO to be requested to publish Shri Guru Nanak Devji’s writings in world languages”.

The Ministry of Railways will run a train passing through holy places associated with Shri Guru Nanak Devji.

Briefing reporters on the cabinet decision, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the Government of India to mark 550th Birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji.

Religious activities to be organised throughout the country. Doordarshan to telecast programmes on Shri Guru Nanak Devji and Gurubani, he said.

Mr Jaitley said, “A centre for inter faith studies to be set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Chairs on Shri Guru Nanak Devji to be set up in one University each in UK and Canada”.

International seminar on the life and teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Devji to be organised in New Delhi.

In another major decision, the Union Cabinet decidee to develop historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi as heritage town on Smart City principles.

As major attraction for pilgrims and tourists, a heritage complex at Sultanpur Lodhi, “Pind Babe Nanak da” to be developed to depict life in the times of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. Sultanpur Lodhi railway station to be upgraded and developed, Mr Jaitley said.

The major cabinet decisions come a day before the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak on Friday.

Born on November 29, 1469 was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.

His birthday is celebrated worldwide as Guru Nanak Gurpurab on Kartik Pooranmashi, the full-moon day

in the month of Katak generally in October–November.

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