A place lost in history has found its way through the marching and roaring Ravi River between India & Pakistan, giving a boost to the socialists on both sides who sort off doing more than their limits are just for the greater good, for peace everywhere. Kartarpur Corridor is not just a shrine on either side of Redcliff line, it is the step beyond political issues, International disputes, economic crisis and many more affecting factors just like the Ravi River this Corridor has finally made its way to the pilgrims and both the nations have made it simpler (no visa) than it could have ever been not to forget almost no cost is involved at this place’s visit.
Brief History of the Kartarpur Corridor
After the partition, if India, Gurudwara Darbar Sahib (now in Kartarpur Punjab of Pakistan) remained in the Punjab of Pakistan and Gurudwara Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur, India)in India. Many socialists, N.G.O tried to connect the place where the first guru of Sikh Guru Nanak lived his last days. Because the two places lie on the hot international borders, this would always be time taking and more complicated to make a possible and secure passage.
Kartarpur corridor connects Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan to Gurudwara Dera Baba Nanak in India which is around 4.7kms in distance making a secure and easy way for the mostly Sikh community on either side of the international borders.
Road to the Kartarpur Corridor Agreement
In 1999 the dynamic P.M. of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation talks with Nawaz Sharif his counterpart About the Kartarpur Corridor as a part of Delhi-Lahore Bus Diplomacy. The good intentions and work of many looked like finding its way was halted due to the Kargil war. In 2004 Pakistan started its side of construction through the repairing of the shrine that was started in 2000. After more than a decade in 2018, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to allow the sentiments of the Sikh community and other pilgrims on both sides to pass through the Kartarpur corridor, the final nail for the peace was laid on 9th Nov 2019 by P.M Narendra Modi on 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Rightly said peace and holy faith will find its passage no matter how or what obstacle are on the way just like Ravi River finds its way.
HOW TO REGISTER AND REACH KARTARPUR SHRINE?
There is a step-by-step list of eligibility criteria to be met, which can be seen below:
- The only medium to get yourself registered is online.
- The applicant should be a valid citizen of an Indian nation or must have an Overseas Citizen of India (OIC) card.
- The applicant must have a valid Indian passport.
While applying online to avoid any confusion, one must keep the following documents ready in digital format (soft copies):
- Passport size photograph
- Scanned copies of the passport-first and last pages separately.
- OCI applicants must have their OCI card details in Scanned and printed format.
For applying online following steps must be followed:
Step 1: Go to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ website, or click in this link-prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in. Read the instructions carefully, which is available on the home page at “Instruction for filling Registration Form”.
Step 2: At the top column, find “Apply Online” and click.
Step 3: Select the date of your choice and don’t forget to mention your nationality before you press proceed.
Step 4: As the result of step 3 the website shows the viability on your dates select if it is favorable if not you can change the dates on which slots are available to visit Kartarpur.
Step 5: “Part A” of the registration form will appear on your screen. Verify the details again and fill the other details and click on “Save & Continue.” Do the same for the following part.
Step 6: At the last stage of the registration they will ask you you to upload soft copies of your documents which is your passport size photograph and passport scanned copies in case of OCI their OCI card details need to be feed.
Step 7: After completing all the stages of the registration process, you can download the registration number and form in pdf format save it for future use.
Once the application is accepted, the pilgrims will be informed about the confirmation of the same by text SMS to their registered mobile number and email. Pilgrims will also be notified as a reminder of the trip 3-4 days prior to the journey date and they will also generate an Electronic Authorisation of Travel.
This is a government-maintained portal which serves on ‘first come first served’ basis, therefore it is advised to get registered at the earliest.
Check the status of the Kartarpur Corridor application?
To check the status of registration pilgrim can visit the same page/link prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in. The pilgrims need to feed their registration number, passport number and date of birth and continue to check the status.