CHANDIGARH: Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu has welcomed the reopening of the Kartarpur Corridor from Wednesday.
“The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor is in itself a historic, rare and priceless gift,” said Sidhu while addressing mediapersons here in Chandigarh, adding that he would appeal to the government at the Centre to keep this corridor open for the devotees at all times. Also Read: 2022 UP Elections: Congress Places Its Bets On Going Solo: Priyanka Makes Formal Announcement
While insisting that the corridor is a matter of faith for the community, he said “no one should play political cards on the matter of reopening”.
The corridor 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 and allows a visa-free border crossing for pilgrims from India visiting the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan.
The corridor was closed only after the Covid Lockdown and for a long time Sikh devotees of Punjab had been demanding the reopening.
Notably, a BJP delegation on Sunday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him via a memorandum to reopen the corridor on occasion ‘Guru Nanak Jayanti’ (Gurpurab) on November 19. BJP Punjab state president Ashwani Sharma said: “We have requested Prime Minister Modi to reopen the Kartarpur corridor before Gurpurab, and we are hopeful that it will be opened soon.”
Sidhu also demanded that a scaffold be built over the Kartarpur Corridor. “With the scaffold in place, devotees will be able to have darshan from a distance”, Sidhu said, while adding that he hopes the government will keep its promise to build a 100 meter long and 60 meter high platform for such devotees.