The Kartarpur Corridor will reopen for pilgrimage from tomorrow, Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted on Tuesday. Pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, the Modi government has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, Nov 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi govt towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community,” Shah tweeted.
Earlier on Sunday, a delegation of BJP leaders from Punjab met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and requested him to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor before Gurpurab.
The Kartarpur corridor provides a visa-free border crossing for pilgrims from India visiting the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan. It links the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in India.
Gurpurab, which marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, will be celebrated on November 19 this year.
Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib is one of the holiest of shrines for followers of Sikhism. Its reopening is an emotive issue for poll-bound Punjab. Therefore all parties, including the Congress and the Akali Dal, have been demanding that it be reopened.