Chandigarh, June 1: Punjab Public Works Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Saturday assured that Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to Pakistan will be completed before November this year and claimed 25 per cent of construction work have already been done.
The Corridor that will connect Punjab in India to Kartarpur in Pakistan where Sikh first guru Guru Nanak Dev spent his last days, was a long time demand of Sikhs in India. Last year, both India and Pakistan agreed to construct the corridor on their respective side and laid the foundation stone in November, 2018, pledging to make it functional by November, 2019---550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Public Works Minister said that the corridor will be completed by September 30. He said that world class infrastructure would be in place to facilitate the devotees, who are expected to pay obeisance at Kartarpur Sahib via this corridor.
The minister said that the construction of the corridor will be at par with a state of art expressway. The total length of corridor is 4.2 km with 3.6 km being the linear stretch which would be equipped with median lights, carriageway and raised footpaths on both sides. The remaining 0.6 km stretch comprises the approach roads from the historical Gurudwara Sahib in Dera Baba Nanak and that from BSF checkpost.
Keeping in view the inflow of pilgrims from all quarters the approach roads to Dera Baba Nanak from Batala, Fatehgarh Churian and Ramdas are also being strengthened and upgraded to facilitate the pilgrims, he said.
Singla informed that 62 acres of land has been acquired for the project approximately at the rate of Rs 42 lakh per acre amounting to Rs 26.04 crore as the total land cost incurred.
Besides, civil works to the tune of Rs 90 crore approximately are also under progress resulting in a cumulative expenditure of nearly Rs 116 crore on the project.
He further said that 50 acres of additional land is also being acquired for the construction of Integrated Check Post (ICP) by Land Port Authority of India.