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Kartarpur corridor: India's massive infrastructure projects begin

Kartarpur corridor PTB complex. Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 29, 2019, 04.12 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

The work on various infrastructure projects to develop the Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side is underway at a vigorous pace by the Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The entire project is being monitored at the secretary level.

The LPAI will be building a passenger terminal building (PTB ) at the cost of Rs 195 crore. The tender for building it was issued on March 9. The last day of submission of the tender documents is April 9. The Indian government has said that the contract will be awarded very soon.

Around 50 acres of land has been demarcated to build the PTB out of which 15 acres of land has already been taken. Rs 10 crores have been given as compensation for land acquisition for the building.

The earthwork, like the levelling activity, began on March 18. As much as 15 acres of land has been levelled as of March 28.

Meanwhile, the NHAI is acquiring 23 hectares of land for the 4.2-kilometre four-lane highway leading up to the passenger terminal building at the border. The total cost of the highway project is around Rs 120 crores with the NHAI already releasing Rs 14 crores. 

New Delhi has maintained it is committed to realising the long pending demand of the Indian pilgrims to visit the holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor in a "safe, secure, smooth and easy manner."

Passenger terminal building will be able to cater to 5,000 pilgrims per day. The design of the complex has been inspired by "Khanda" - the symbol of Sikhism.