State-of-the-art Integrated Check Post to facilitate Indian pilgrims at Kartarpur Corridor

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-08 19:53:17|Editor: xuxin
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NEW DELHI, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- A state-of-the-art Integrated Check-Post (ICP) has been made in India's northern state of Punjab to facilitate Indian pilgrims using the Kartarpur Corridor to visit a Sikh shrine -- Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib -- that lies in neighbouring country Pakistan, official sources said Friday.

To be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, the ICP is spread on 15 acres of land. The fully air-conditioned building akin to an airport has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5,000 pilgrims a day.

It has all the necessary public amenities like kiosks, washrooms, child care, first aid medical facilities, prayer room and snacks counters inside the main building.

Robust security infrastructure is put in place with CCTV surveillance and public address systems.

A 300-feet high Indian Flag is also being hoisted at the International Border.

India and Pakistan signed an agreement on Oct. 24, that provides for a formal framework for operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.

The Indian government passed a resolution on Nov. 22, 2018 to celebrate the historic occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh spiritual leader Guru Nanak Dev in a grand and befitting manner, throughout the country and across the globe.

It also approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Boundary, to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, round the year, in a smooth and easy manner.

The 4.2-km long four-lane highway connecting Dera Baba Nanak from Amritsar - Gurdaspur Highway is constructed at a cost of 120 crores Indian Rupees (around 17 million U.S. dollars).

The Indian pilgrims will have to necessarily register themselves online on a portal and exercise their choice to travel on any day. They will be informed by an SMS and email of the confirmation of registration three to four days in advance of the date of travel.

An Electronic Travel Authorization will also be generated. The pilgrims need to carry Electronic Travel Authorization, along with their passport, when they arrive at the Passenger Terminal Building, said an official statement by the Prime Minister's office.