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Akalis playing games on Kartarpur corridor: Amarinder

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Chief on Friday said the ball was totally in the regarding the execution of the project for the corridor in Baba Nanak area in district.

Accusing the leadership of the of "playing games" on the corridor issue, the Chief said that it was the central government which had to take steps and release funds for the execution of the project in

Countering the claims of and senior Akali Dal leader Badal that the government was not taking appropriate steps for the project, said that the Minister was spreading falsehood.

"The has already sent a reminder to the 11 days ago. Harsimrat had once again put her foot in her mouth without doing her homework on the issue of extreme religious importance to the Sikh community, which she was trying to mislead with her false statements," he said in a statement here on Friday.

The Akali Dal is part of the NDA government at the Centre. Harsimrat Kaur, wife of Sukhbir Singh Badal, is a since 2014.

"The fact of the matter was that a meeting was held on December 12 under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Home Affairs, and Justice, Punjab, said the

At the meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Defence, (BSF), National Highway Authority of (NHAI), and other stakeholders presented their views, based on which four different alignment options were proposed for the Sahib corridor, he said.

The said the project execution was a bilateral issue between the central and state governments and a response from the was awaited.

He made it clear that any move to acquire land for the project can be initiated only after due approval from the Union government, "coupled with the flow of funds to acquire the required stretch of land".

"My government, and I personally, are very keen to ensure the completion of the project in time for the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Devji in November this year. The Akali leaders, including Harsimrat, are playing over such a sensitive issue," he said.

The said that his government would continue to pursue and pressurize the central government to take the vital project to its logical conclusion by initiating development work at the earliest.

"The would go all out to support the Centre to ensure the timely completion of the project, which successive governments at the centre and in the state had fought hard, through the years, to realize," he added.

The Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara is located around 4 km from Baba Nanak town in Punjab's district. Most of the work of the project has to be carried out inside

Sikhism founder, (1469-1539), spent the last 18 years of his life in Kartarpur. A gurdwara is built at his final resting place.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 15:16 IST