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Kartarpur corridor: India to send draft to Pakistan as land acquisition process begins

File photo: Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 05, 2019, 01.54 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

The second major inter-agency coordination meeting on Kartarpur corridor took place on Tuesday at the ministry of home affairs(MHA) with India all set to send a draft of the plan to Pakistan. 

The meet was chaired by Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba and attended by Punjab chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh and Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria. 

Briefing the reporters after the meeting Punjab chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh said,"All concerned GOI stakeholders and Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria attended the meeting. We discussed aspects of the agreement that we want to finalise with Pakistan. We are hopeful that we will send the draft proposal to Pakistan and complete legal modalities within a month."

He also confirmed that the land acquisition process has started. He said, "Land acquisition work is in progress. This involves four stages, we are in the second stage as of now. We are hopeful that in a month and a half we will complete this process."

The first meet on the corridor took place on 15th January. 

India on 22nd November last year had shared coordinates of the zero point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International Border(IB) with Pakistan. New Delhi has also invited a Pakistani delegation to India to discuss and finalise the modalities of the corridor and suggested two sets of dates  - 26th February and 7th March. Pakistan has not responded to the offer as yet. 

The founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak lived for 18 years at the location were the Kartarpur Gurudwara is located in Pakistan.

India last year approved the building of Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side so that pilgrims can easily visit the holy Gurudwara to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev this year. Pakistan later announced that it will also build a corridor on its side of the border from the holy Gurudwara till the international border. 

India's vice President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side on 26th November last year while Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone two days later on its side of the border.

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India on 22nd November last year had shared coordinates of the zero point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International Border with Pakistan.