Kartarpur Corridor: Project yet to take off as state awaits Centre’s nod to design proposal

The corridor is meant to give Indian pilgrims easy access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river in Pakistan.

More than a month after the Union government gave its approval to constructing the Kartarpur Corridor, the project is yet to take off on the ground with the Punjab government waiting for the Centre to select one out of four design proposals for the corridor that were submitted to it by the state.

Punjab’s Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) Minister Vijay Inder Singh Singla told The Indian Express that a fortnight ago a joint inspection of the site was conducted along with Additional Secretary, Union Home Ministry.

“After the inspection, we have prepared four design proposals for the corridor. The Centre has to choose one after getting in touch with the Ministry of Home, the Ministry of External Affairs. After that the entire process will start. After the Centre chooses one of the four proposals, we will decide about the compensation to be given to the land owners. After that the process for identification of the owners of the land and its acquisition will start. It will take its own time as it is a lengthy process,” said Singla.

He added they were guarding the four proposals as “secret” so as to discourage the land sharks to start buying the land and creating problems for the government thereby delaying the project.

On Monday, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had accused the Centre…

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