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Pak, India officials hold technical meeting on Kartarpur corridor

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

and on Tuesday held a technical meeting to discuss the modalities for the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in to shrine in district in

The technical experts and foreign office officials from both sides participated in the talks held at Zero Point (Kartarpur), according to Geo They reportedly discussed installation of a border fence and road design.

An of the Rangers told PTI that the meeting of both sides took place at the Zero Point to the PTI but said any statement will be issued either by or the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the of the military.

In a major initiative last November, both and Pakistan agreed to set up the Corridor to link the historic Darbar Sahib -- the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Dev -- to in

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

Earlier, postponed the Kartarpur Corridor meeting between the two countries at the Wagah border scheduled for April 2.

India and Pakistan on March 19 held a meeting of technical experts on the Kartarpur corridor during which its alignment, coordinates, and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points were discussed.

The technical meeting at the level of experts, including engineers and surveyors, was held at "proposed zero points" in the follow up to the decision reached on the March 14 meeting.

Later, the constituted a 10-member Pakistan Sikh Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) to facilitate Sikh pilgrims after opening of the Kartarpur corridor.

India voiced concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in the committee on the Kartarpur corridor and said it will wait for a response from on the issue and will not go ahead with a previously agreed meeting on the corridor on April 2 in Wagah on the Pakistani side.

During the previous meeting, both sides jointly surveyed the coordinates of the Zero Point and discussed the technical details, including finished road level, high flood level etc.

Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab's district up to the border will be constructed by India.

In Pakistan, the groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor was performed on November 28 last year by

Fifty per cent of the four-kilometre stretch being built by Pakistan has been completed while the stretch between the Zero Line to Baba Nanak's shrine is being built by India.

The corridor will be opened in November this year in connection with the 550 birth anniversary of Baba

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 15:50 IST
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