Ahead of Gurpurab on November 19, India announces the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. to reopen

New Delhi: Ahead of Gurpurab on Nov. 19, India announced Tuesday that it will reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Nov. 17. The Corridor, which provides rare visa-free travel from India to Pakistan and vice versa for pilgrims to pray at Holy Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, has been closed since March. last year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has now reopened prior to Gurpurab, the birthday of the first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikhism – Guru Nanak.

In particular, the Gurudwara is considered one of the holiest sites in Sikhism and is considered the final resting place of Guru Nanak.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Twitter: “In an important decision that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, November 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of the Modi government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community.”

“The country is all set to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji on Nov. 19 and I am sure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor will bring joy and happiness to the whole land will further increase,” Shah added.

The 4.7 km long corridor was opened with much fanfare in November 2019 on the occasion of Gurpurab.

Recently, several Punjabi leaders also had: called Prime Minister Narendra Modi. on and had asked him to open the corridor.

The development came amid India which was gradually opening up to international travelers as the number of daily COVID-19 cases continue to decline.

India on Monday had open to foreign tourists after 20 months.​

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