Kartarpur corridor to cost Rs 100 crore, says minister
Chandigarh, December 19
The Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district up to the international border will cost Rs 85-Rs 100 crore, officials said on Wednesday.
The corridor will be built by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Vijay Inder Singla said: “A sum of Rs 85 crore to 100 crore is estimated to be spent on constructing the corridor.”
It would also involve the cost of land acquisition for the four-laned highway from Dera Baba Nanak up to the international border, he said.
The Union Cabinet had, on November 22, decided to develop and build the passage from Dera Baba Nanak to the Indo-Pak border.
Following this, the foundation stone for the corridor was laid on November 26. The Pakistan government had also held the groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor on their side on November 28.
Kartarpur is located at Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab. The gurdwara in Kartarpur is located about 3-4 km from the Indo-Pak border in Pakistan.
The state Cabinet had recently passed a resolution to set up a Dera Baba Nanak Development Authority for the development and beautification of the area in and around the historic town.
A Kartarpur gate has also been proposed to be set up on the Indian side of the international border which would stand out as a monumental symbol to commemorate the 550th Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev.