New Delhi: The Kartarpur Sahib corridor will get a modern passenger terminal with adequate immigration and customs clearance facilities to process the smooth movement of nearly 5,000 pilgrims per day. The home ministry has approved the plan following the Cabinet decision of November 2018 to develop the Kartarpur corridor between Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district, Punjab and the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara in just across the international border with Pakistan.
Sources said Land Ports Authority of India has been directed to complete work on the passenger terminal building before 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in November. The design and quality parameters have been prepared keeping in view the aspirations and religious sentiments of the followers of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The design of the Kartarpur Complex, which will developed at a cost of £19 million, has been inspired by the Sikh religious symbol ‘khanda’ which represents values of oneness and humanity.
Around 50 acres of land has been identified for creation of the complex, which will be developed in two phases. Phase-I will be cover 15 acres for which the process of land acquisition has already commenced. Phase-II will cover development of a viewer gallery, a hospital, accommodation for the pilgrims and expanded amenities. A terminal for a 300-feet high national flag is also proposed to be erected at the international border.