Kartarpur Corridor talks: 5,000 pilgrims to visit gurudwara daily as India, Pakistan agree on key issues
The pilgrims would be provided free pick and drop, medical services, and lunch during the yatra, Pakistan's Evacuee Trust Property Board said.
Lahore: Closing gap on a number of key issues, India and Pakistan on Saturday agreed that over 5,000 pilgrims can visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib every day using the corridor. The pilgrims would be provided free pick and drop, medical services, and lunch during the yatra, Pakistan's Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) said, according to news agency ANI.
The discussions in this regard were held during a special meeting on the Kartarpur corridor between the two countries in Lahore.
The two sides agreed that the Indian citizens will be given a corridor card at the beginning of the yatra, while their passports would be submitted to the management and would be given back to them upon their return.
"Daily, 5000 yatris will visit the Gurudwara. Timings will be from Namaz a Fajr to Namaz a Magrab," the ETPB said.
Rs 10 lakh would be spent per day to provide free lunch to all the pilgrims. In addition, free medical services will be provided to the yatris, and rangers will be deployed at all times for their security.
"Noble Global Company will provide pick and drop services from/to a fixed point. Lunch would be served free of cost to all the yatris. Rs 10 Lakh per day will be spent for yatris` lunch at the cost of Rs 200 per person," said the ETPB.
The Kartarpur corridor along the India-Pakistan border is nearly four kilometres away from Gurdaspur in Punjab, India.
Once opened, this corridor will allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev passed away in 1539.