KARTARPUR CORRIDOR PROJECT | India, Pak teams to meet on July 14 to discuss modalities

KARTARPUR CORRIDOR PROJECT | India, Pak teams to meet on July 14 to discuss modalities
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Key issues such as connectivity at Zero Point and the number of pilgrims to be allowed through the Kartarpur corridor will be discussed on Sunday when Indian and Pakistani delegates hold a meeting on modalities related to the project, government sources said.

The meeting will take place at the Attari-Wagah border onthe Pakistani side.

They said India will also flag its concerns over thesecurity aspect. New Delhi had earlier conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistanover the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointedby Islamabad on the project.

Matters related to the modalities of the corridor, who canuse the corridor and its facilities, will be discussed.

Besides this, the documents required for movement ofpilgrims, the number of people to be allowed would be on the meeting agenda,sources said.

They would also discuss the issue of connectivity at theZero Point, they added.

Sources here said India has high expectations from theupcoming meeting and hoped that issues like connectivity at the Zero point andvisit of large number of pilgrims on the special occasions will be discussedthoroughly.

The project will allow easy access to Sikh pilgrims fromIndia to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, the final restingplace of Guru Nanak.

The sources said the work on a four-lane highway on theIndian side is in full swing.

The four-lane highway connecting the Zero Point of theKartarpur Corridor up to National Highway-354 is being constructed by theNational Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Pakistan is constructing atwo-lane highway.

Officials said the work on the four-lane highway should becompleted by September.

The sources said India is constructing a bridge at the ZeroPoint and has urged Pakistan to build a similar bridge on its side that willprovide safe and secure movement of the pilgrims and address concerns regardingflooding.

The bridge is over a creek, of which the majority part fallsin Pakistan.

Pakistan said it would build a mud-filled embankment, a movewhich would not only lead to flooding in areas on the Indian side but also posea threat to the structure of the Indian bridge, the sources added.

The creek floods during the monsoon when the Ravi riverswells.

Another proposal put forth by Pakistan was to build acauseway, the sources said, adding that it was unacceptable to India as itwould not provide an all-weather road.

They said the construction work at the site of passengerterminal complex at Dera Baba Nanak in India is on full swing. The work has been planned to be completed byOctober 31 before the commemoration of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak inNovember.

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