New Delhi: Kartarpur Corridor has been opened for devotees from today. The decision to close the Kartarpur corridor was taken on March 16 last year due to the situation arising out of the Corona epidemic. Now after twenty months, the way has been opened for the Sikhs to reach this holiest place. Earlier on Tuesday evening, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted and informed about the decision to open the corridor. Amit Shah wrote that Shri Kartarpur Sahib is the centre of immense reverence of crores of countrymen and the decision to resume operation of this corridor shows the sensitivity of the Modi government towards the Sikh community.
There is an atmosphere of enthusiasm in the Sikh community after the decision to open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. With the opening of this corridor, Indian Sikhs will be able to pay obeisance at the Gurdwara without a visa. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday welcomed the Centre’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor and said the state cabinet members would be part of the ‘jatha’ that would visit the historic site in Pakistan on November 18.
The Kartarpur Corridor connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak in the Gurdaspur district in India. Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is the site where Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh sect, laid down his life. The pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib was suspended in March last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday that the central government has decided to reopen the Kartarpur corridor from Wednesday. Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary ‘Guru Parv’ will be celebrated on November 19 this year.
Channi said that as the Chief Minister of Punjab, he had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to reopen the corridor. Channi said, “I thank him.” “The entire cabinet will be part of the first batch that will go to pay homage on November 18,” Channi told reporters. Channi later tweeted, “I warmly welcome the decision of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji to reopen Sri Kartarpur Sahib on the auspicious occasion of 552nd Prakash Purb. This step has fulfilled the wish of lakhs of devotees who were deprived of ‘darshan deedare’ due to the COVID pandemic.”