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500-year-old well discovered near gurdwara on Kartarpur corridor in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A 500-year-old well, believed to have been built during the lifetime of the of Dev, has been discovered at the enclosure of a on the corridor which will facilitate easy passage of Sikh pilgrims to the historic Darbar Sahib in

The well was discovered while digging the enclosure of Dera Sahib Kartarpur, some 125 kilometres from Lahore, on the corridor, caretaker of gurdwara told reporters.

The 20-foot well, made of small red bricks and believed to have been built during the lifetime of Dev, will be opened to the visitors after its restoration, he said.

"The well (Khu sahib) is a boon for the Sikh pilgrims who would flock to the place on and other occasions and take away its sweet water. The water of the well had healing quality," Singh said.

"It will also be a great attraction for the Indian Sikhs due here on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak," he said.

The year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary year of Dev, whose birthplace is Sri Nankana Sahib in

Last November, both and agreed to set up the corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib - the final resting place of Guru Nanak - in Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Dera in Punjab's district.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan's district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera shrine.

The corridor will facilitate of Indian Sikh pilgrims to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Pakistan has committed to open the corridor in November this year on the occasion of the 550th birth

"During the time of the water of this well was so sweet that the Sikh pilgrims believed that it was the gift of the founding leader and could rid them of ailments," caretaker Singh said.

According to officials, some 50 per cent of the development work on the four-kilometre stretch being built by Pakistan has been completed.

The stretch between the zero line to Baba Nanak's shrine is being built by

On November 26 last year, laid the foundation stone of the Dera - Kartarpur Sahib Corridor (up to the International Border) at an event at Mann village of district of

On November 28, Pakistan laid the foundation stone for the 4-kilometer corridor which is expected to be completed by 2019.

The much-awaited corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with in India's district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by

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First Published: Sun, April 28 2019. 19:15 IST