Pakistan will open Kartarpur corridor in early November for Indian Sikh pilgrims on their religion’s most sacred festivals.
Pakistani project director Atif Majeed said on Monday that the visa-free border crossing from India to Kartarpur, Pakistan, would be inaugurated on Nov 9, just ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Baba Guru Nanak on Nov 12.
The Sikh minority community in India’s northern state of Punjab and elsewhere has long sought easier access to the temple in Kartarpur, a village just over the border in Pakistan. The temple marks the site where the guru died.
Instead of visas, the Sikh pilgrims will be given special permits to access the shrine.
Indian pilgrims will pay Pakistan $20 to use the corridor, which includes roadways, an 800-meter bridge over the River Ravi and an immigration office.
Up to 5,000 Indians will be allowed access daily, with plans to eventually double the capacity, Majeed said.
The project is a rare recent example of cooperation between the two nuclear powers, who came close to war in February following a militant attack on police in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
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