Pakistan gives millions of rupees in the budget for the Kartarpur corridor

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government on Tuesday allocated the Rs 100 crore in the 2019-20 federal budget for the long-awaited development.

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur of Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak sanctuary in the Gurdaspur district in India and facilitate the visa-free movement of Sikh Indian pilgrims, who must obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.

The Minister of State for Revenues, Hammad Azhar, presented in Parliament the budget driven by austerity for the fiscal year 2019-2020, which begins on July 1.

The government has allocated millions of rupees in the federal budget for the development of the Kartarpur corridor.

The funds will be used for land acquisition and development of the Kartarpur infrastructure under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the next fiscal year 2019-20, Geo TV reported.

According to the data published by the Planning Commission, the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, the estimated cost of the project is Rp 300 million for the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interreligious Harmony.

Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part of Dera Baba Nanak in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, India to the border, will be built by India.

According to officials, approximately 50 percent of the development work has been completed in the four-kilometer stretch that Pakistan is building.

On November 26 of last year, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak Corridor - Kartarpur Sahib (to the international border) at an event in the village of Mann, Punjab district, in Gurdaspur.

On November 28, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khan, laid the first stone for the 4-kilometer corridor that is expected to be completed before the end of 2019.