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India, Pakistan 2nd meeting on Kartarpur Corridor to be held in Wagah tomorrow

India and Pakistan are going to hold second meeting on July 14 to discuss the draft agreement for finalizing the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor. The first meeting related technical issues was held on 14th March was held on Indian side at Attari this time meeting will be held on Pakistan side in Wagha.
Kartarpur Corridor proposes to connect the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in Gurdaspur and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. The corridor is proposed to provide visa free passage to Indian pilgrims to visit holy site of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid foundation stone for construction of  Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on Indian side at Mann village in Gurdaspur district in Punjab on 26 Novmeber 2018.  This has been a long pending demand of sikh community.

Government has announced that by the end of October this year the corridor on Indian side will be completed. Sources claim that about 60% of construction work is completed. About 250 workers are toiling day in and day out in three shifts to complete the project on schedule.

4 lane highways with service lanes on both the sides are being constructed. Of the 8 culverts proposed on this 4.2 KM Highway 7 have been completed.

Pre-engineered and fabricated construction materials are being used to expedite the construction process.

Also finishing material like plumbing, electric and mechanical works and furnishing materials are also being procured simultaneously for the project.

However their remains a concern of flooding around the proposed corridor as it is a low lying area of Ravi river and during Monsoon rains or in case of flash floods it tends to get flooded .

India has built a bridge for crossing that flood prone area and wants Pakistan to build the remainder on the respective side.

The technical teams of both the side have held 3 meetings so far on the construction related issues and discussions are on to ensure a smooth safe and all weather friendly corridor for all the pilgrims using the corridor.

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