Construction on Kartarpur Corridor reaches final stages

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is all set to open its doors for Sikhs from all across the world, as the construction work on Kartarpur project enters its final stages, announced Prime Minister Imran Khan. The corridor will be opened to the public on November 9.

An initiative taken to boost the local economy, turning the area in a religious hub will result in the inflow of foreign exchange for the country, creating employment in different sectors including travel and hospitality.

Taking up the invitation, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be visiting as a common man rather than as a special guest.

The visa-free border crossing from India to Kartarpur, will be inaugurated on November 9, ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak on November 12.

Instead of visas, the Sikh pilgrims will now be given special permits to access the shrine.

To use the corridor, an Indian pilgrim will pay Pakistan $20 to use the corridor, which includes roadways, an 800-metre bridge over the River Ravi and an immigration office.

Initially, up to 5,000 Indians will be allowed access daily, doubling the capacity as per the inflow of pilgrims.

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