Work on the 4-laning of the 4.5 km highway which is part of the Kartarpur corridor project, began earlier this month. The highway runs between the Indo-Pak international border to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has taken up the works, beginning construction from the zero point on Indian territory. The 4-lane highway, which is expected to be completed before September 2019, will connect with the Gurdaspur – Ramdas highway.
Rs 25 crores has been deposited with the Dera Baba Nanak SDM, the Competent Authority for Land Acquisition (CALA), a senior officer of the NHAI, said. The project is being taken up at a brisk pace to facilitate movement of Sikh pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.
Kartarpur corridor project
The Kartarpur corridor project is a proposed border corridor project between the neighbouring nations of India and Pakistan, connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab, India) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (in Punjab, Pakistan).
The Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in early 1999 as part of the Delhi–Lahore Bus diplomacy. Currently pilgrims from India have to take a bus to Lahore to get to Kartarpur, which is a 125 km journey, despite the fact that people on the Indian side of the border can physically see Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the Pakistani side.