Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday laid the foundation stone for the construction of Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib road corridor in Mann village in Gurdaspur on Monday. The corridor will touch the international border with Pakistan.
"Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, will lay the foundation stone for the construction of Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib road corridor (up to international border) at a function in village Mann in Gurdaspur district of Punjab on Monday, the 26th of November, 2018," a Road Transport Ministry statement said.
On the occasion, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh will also be present.
Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib road corridor LATEST UPDATES:
2:07 pm: I must tell what Punjab CM said, that we can't allow terrorism and can't let innocents die, this isn't going to help, it's not the way; it must be understood. That’s why let this be the start of this great event: VP Venkaiah Naidu
1:45 pm: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu lays foundation stone for the project
1:30 pm: I am warning you( Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Bajwa), we are also Punjabis, you will not be allowed to enter here and vitiate the atmosphere: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
1:25 pm: I would like to ask Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Bajwa something, as a soldier. Which Army teaches to violate ceasefire and kill jawans on the other side? Which Army teaches to send ppl to attack Pathankot and Amritsar? This is cowardness: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh
10:48 am: The initiative of our Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji for building the Kartarpur Sahib corridor will go down in history: Arun Jaitley
10:48 am: Today is a historic day, when foundation laying of Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib corridor is taking place. This day will be cherished in times to come when pilgrims will regularly visit the holy shrine across the international boarder hassle free: Arun Jaitley
10:47 am: Dera Baba Nanak Sahib & Kartarpur Sahib are twin pilgrimage places associated with Sri Guru Nanak Devji. At Kartarpur Sahib he lived preaching for 18 years and the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib is built in his commemoration: Arun Jaitley
9:35 am: Punjab Minister SS Randhawa puts black tape on his, CM and other Punjab ministers' names on foundation stone.Says, "I did this in protest against Parkash and Sukhbir Badal's names on stone. Why is their name here? They are not part of executive, its not BJP-Akali event"
9:00 am: Harsimrat Kaur Badal had called Navjot Sidhu a 'qaum ka gaddar', now she herself is going to Pakistan, with what face will she go? Akali Dal had not taken up Kartarpur Corridor issue even once when they were in power: Sukhwinder Singh Randhawa, Punjab Minister
8:30 am: Gurdaspur(Punjab): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu to lay the foundation stone for the construction of Dera Baba Nanak-Karatarpur Sahib road corridor, later today
As an integrated development project, the Indian government decided on November 22, 2018 to build the Kartarpur road corridor up to international border between India and Pakistan.
It will let Sikh pilgrims visit the iconic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur.
On November 15, 2018, India and Pakistan had announced that they will build corridors on their respective sides to let Sikh pilgrims visit the holy shrine without visa. Corridor will also help them walk across and come back without having to secure a visa.
At Kartarpur, Guru Nanak had assembled the Sikh community. He lived there for 18 years till 1539. The Gurudwara Darbar Sahib is built where he took his last breath.
From Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district, the Indian side of corridor starts. It extends up to international border between India and Pakistan. The project corridor is to be developed by National Highways Authority of India and will be funded by the Government of India. The project corridor is four-lane with service road and all other appropriate amenities for pilgrims intending to visit Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur in Pakistan.
Between India and Pakistan, this corridor will be a historical landmark. It will also boost tourism as more pilgrims would visit the holy shrine throughout the year between two countries, the statement said.
WATCH VIDEO: Punjab minister covers names on Kartarpur Corridor foundation stone with black tape
(With inputs from agencies)