Notwithstanding the current tensions between India and Pakistan, New Delhi has confirmed that a meeting between Indian and Pakistani officials to decide on the modalities of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on 14 March is still on.
A government source said the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor issue concerned the sentiments of the Sikh community and, therefore, there was no proposal to cancel or postpone it as of now. India is ready to welcome the Pakistani delegation for the meeting.
India has already shared the crossing point for the corridor but Pakistan has suggested an alternate point.
India has issued a notification for building of a highway and an integrated check post for the corridor on the Indian side. Dera Baba Nanak land check post in Gurdaspur district of Punjab is the authorised immigration check post for entry into/exit from the Indian side for the holy site.
In November 2018, India and Pakistan approved the building of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for pilgrims to easily visit the Gurudwara, where the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak lived for 18 years. This year marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
India and Pakistan have announced that they would develop the corridor on their respective side of the border.
Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died, after spending the last 18 years of his life. The town is located in Shakargarh tehsil in Narowal district of Punjab province in Pakistan. Guru Nanak had appointed Guru Angad Dev his successor in Kartarpur.
India had proposed the corridor to Pakistan around 20 years back, but the proposal had been turned down by the latter.