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Kartarpur Sahib pilgrim corridor

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  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

 

Kartarpur Sahib pilgrim corridor

 

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: Location and significance of the corridor, issues involved in its construction.

 

Context: India has urged Pakistan to show flexibility regarding some outstanding issues in the Kartarpur corridor project.

 

Issues:

  1. Pakistan is planning to charge $20 per pilgrim.
  2. It has also not agreed to the initial number — 10,000 pilgrims that India proposed. 
  3. India has not received favourable response on the presence of the consular officer who should accompany the pilgrims.

 

What is the “Kartarpur Corridor” project?

The corridor – often dubbed as the “Road to Peace” – will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.

The construction of the corridor will allow visa-free access to pilgrims from India.

 

Implementation:

The Kartarpur corridor will be implemented as an integrated development project with Government of India funding, to provide smooth and easy passage, with all the modern amenities.

 

The shrine and it’s significance:

  1. The gurdwara in Kartarpur stands on the bank of the Ravi, about 120 km northeast of Lahore.
  2. It was here that Guru Nanak assembled a Sikh community and lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.
  3. The shrine is visible from the Indian side, as Pakistani authorities generally trim the elephant grass that would otherwise obstruct the view.
  4. Indian Sikhs gather in large numbers for darshan from the Indian side, and binoculars are installed at Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak.

 

Sources: the Hindu.