India has approved state of the art passenger terminal building at Kartarpur corridor which can handle 5000 pilgrims daily, 15,000 on special occasions, even as Pakistan has sought to put a limit this to only 500 pilgrims per day, news agency ANI reported quoting government sources.
According to the report, days after claiming to be the one seeking peaceful talk between India and Pakistan on all issues, Pakistan today raised a series of demands which will impact the purpose of Kartarpur corridor.
The sources said that while Pakistan assured visa-free access to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, it is asking for the requirement of issue of a special permit to each pilgrim. Defeating the purpose of the dedicated corridor.
Pakistan has asked to restrict to only 500 Sikh ‘Yatris’ a day, no movement on foot, to travel only in groups of 15.
During the talks, it was learnt that Pakistan has allowed rampant encroachment on lands belonging to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, strong demand made by India to restore the land back to Gurudwara, the agency reported.
India has registered a protest against the impropriety of arbitrarily depriving the Gurudwara (built on land donated by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh ji and other Sikh devotees) of its legal possessions.