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Kartarpur corridor to be inaugurated on November 9: Official

File photo: Katarpur corridor Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 16, 2019, 10.41 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Shivani Kumar

The Kartarpur Sahib corridor will be inaugurated on November 9, Pakistani project director Atif Majeed said on Monday.

The movement of pilgrims will, however, begin by November 11, Govind Mohan, Additional Secretary of Home Ministry informed.

The corridor will be inaugurated just ahead of the 550th birthday of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak and will help millions of Indian pilgrims, particularly of Sikh faith. 

India is building a passenger terminal for Sikh pilgrims and a highway till international border which will be completed by October 31. Six companies of BSF will also be deployed. 

On Monday, the Pakistani government also took a group of journalist to showcase developments in the corridor on its side.

Earlier this month, India and Pakistan held the third round of talks on the corridor but it ended in a deadlock with Pakistani side saying it will charge $20 as a "service charge" from the pilgrims.

India has asked Pakistan to be flexible on it saying $20 so-called "service charge" is against the spirit of the smooth functioning of the Corridor.

Both sides have said they are committed to the project which was agreed in November 2018.

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The corridor will be inaugurated just ahead of the 550th birthday of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak and will help millions of Indian pilgrims, particularly of Sikh faith.