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Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Agreement

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  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.


Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Agreement


What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: Location and significance of the corridor, issues involved in its construction.


Context: India signs the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Agreement with Pakistan.

The Agreement lays down a formal framework for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.


The highlights of the Agreement are:

  1. Indian pilgrims of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor;
  2. The travel will be Visa Free;
  3. Pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport;
  4. Persons of Indian Origin need to carry OCI card along with the passport of their country;
  5. The Corridor is open from dawn to dusk. Pilgrims travelling in the morning will have to return on the same day;
  6. The Corridor will be operational throughout the year, except on notified days, to be informed in advance;
  7. Pilgrims will have a choice to visit as individuals or in groups, and also to travel on foot;
  8. India will send the list of pilgrims to Pakistan 10 days ahead of travel date. Confirmation will be sent to pilgrims 4 days before the travel date;
  9. The Pakistan side has assured India to make sufficient provision for ‘Langar’ and distribution of ‘Prasad’.


What is the Kartarpur Corridorproject?

The corridor – often dubbed as the Road to Peace” – will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistans Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Indias Gurdaspur district.


The shrine and its significance:

  • The gurdwara in Kartarpur stands on the bank of the Ravi, about 120 km northeast of Lahore.
  • It was here that Guru Nanak assembled a Sikh community and lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.
  • The shrine is visible from the Indian side, as Pakistani authorities generally trim the elephant grass that would otherwise obstruct the view.
  • Indian Sikhs gather in large numbers for darshan from the Indian side, and binoculars are installed at Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak.


Sources: pib.