Kartarpur is believed to be established by Guru Nanak Guruji, and is the holy place of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the first Gurdwara ever built, where Guru Nanak is said to have died.It is said that Guru Nanak Ji spends his last 18 years here. Sikhs from India visit this place is one of the most sacred and holy places as per their mythology.Kartarpur Bridge: There existed a road cum rail bridge at Ravi river connecting Dera Baba Nanak with Kartarpur Sahib. At Partition the Bridge fell in the territory of Pakistan. In 1971 Indo-Pak war when the Pakistan army was advancing towards India, the Indian army bombarded the Kartarpur Bridge.
Army officer showing bridge to DIG Punjab Police
Why is this corridor needed?
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Kartapur in Narowal district is Just 3 km from Indian border and one can see the Gurudwara literally from the Indian side.
Now anyone who wants to visit Gurudwara in Kartapaur, Pakistan first has to go to Lahore and then go to Kartarpur which is approximately 220 km and long route as described in the figure below.
So, if the corridor is built people can visit the temple which just 3 km from Indian side saving time, money and other complexities which are required to visit Pakistan.
There has been a long demand to built this corridor by Sikhs community.
Source: Designed by Discover Spatial
Indian Government Decision :
Nineteen years after the Kartarpur Sahib corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab was proposed by the Indian government to serve Sikh pilgrims, the Centre has finally given the nod for the construction to begin. Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday tweeted that the corridor will be developed up to the international border for Sikh pilgrims from India to easily visit the holy Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of Rabi river in Pakistan where Guru Nanak spent his last 18 years.
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