Kartarpur corridor agreement signing gets delayed by a day

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Kartarpur Gurudwara
Kartarpur Gurudwara

New Delhi : After much of anticipation and speculations, the final date of signing of an agreement between India and Pakistan on Kartarpur corridor has been announced. With a delay of one day, due to logistic reasons, the signing will be done on October 24 in a low key manner.

Soon after the reports came in that the signing of agreement has been cancelled on Wednesday, a news agency IANS reported that the new date has been assigned and it is October 24. The agreement ceremony will be held at the zero line – means representatives from both the countries will not cross the international border.

Ahead of announcement that India is ready to sign the agreement, the Ministry of External Affairs expressed disappointment on Pakistan's decision to stick with a $20 fees for accessing the corridor.

Connecting the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with the gurdwara at Kartarpur, the much-talked-about corridor is just about 4km away from the international border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

According to the known updates, 5000 pilgrims will be allowed on a single day to visit the holy site. Just a week ahead of the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the 4.2-km-long corridor will be completed by October 31.

While, PM Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the Kartarpur Corridor, former PM Manmohan Singh is likely to attend the event as "common man".