India to build Kartarpur corridor to connect Pakistan: Cabinet

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Union finance minister Arun Jaitley
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi : India's union finance minister Arun Jaitley addressing a cabinet briefing has approved the construction and building of Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border.

In the meeting, held today, the Cabinet briefed on Jammu and Kashmir assembly. The government will now construct a Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Punjab to the international border to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit the holy Gurudwara Darbaar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of Rabi river in Pakistan where Guru Nanak Devji spend 18 years, says Jaitley.

The Kartarpur corridor project aims to provide easy passage to pilgrims visiting Pakistan’s Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, says Jaitley.

Accordingly, railway ministry will run a train passing through holy places associated with Guru Nanak Devji. Also, a centre for inter-faith studies will be established at the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar. Pind Babe Nanak da' will be developed to depict times of Guru Nanak Dev.

Also Jaitley said that the Sultanpur Lodhi town will be developed into a heritage city. All the principles of smart city would be applied in the development. 

The government has also decided to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in a grand way. Sources confirmed that commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the government and religious activities will be organised throughout the country.