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Pb Cabinet notes Amarinder Singh's 'persistent efforts' regarding Kartarpur corridor

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The Cabinet Monday noted the "persistent efforts" of in raising the matter pertaining to the opening of the corridor.

The cabinet, in a meeting on Monday, under the chairmanship of Singh, also passed a special resolution hailing the building of the corridor as a "historic step".

The much-awaited corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's - the final resting place of Sikh faith's - with shrine in India's district.

On November 26, M Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the corridor at Dera in

A said the cabinet noted the "persistent efforts" by Singh, which had culminated in the momentous decision to open the corridor.

After the meeting, state for Housing and Rural Development told reporters that it was who raised the Kartarpur corridor issue when he went to in 2002.

"In 2002, went to Nankana Sahib in where he raised the issue of Kartarpur corridor," he said.

Bajwa, an Amarinder Singh loyalist, also said then and his successor had also taken up the issue of opening of Kartarpur corridor.

When reporters pointed out that Cabinet minister too had pitched for the opening of Kartarpur corridor, Bajwa said, "The media is suffering from Sidhu He (Sidhu) is one of crores of people who used to pray for Kartarpur corridor."

Expressing doubt over the building of corridor by the government, he said, "The kind of statements Pakistan ministers, like their foreign minister, are making, it is yet not certain that it (corridor) will become a reality."

Notably, Sidhu had earlier raised the Kartarpur corridor issue with

He courted controversy by hugging Gen during his visit to to attend the swearing-in ceremony of as that country's in August. Sidhu had claimed that the had told him about "making efforts to open the Kartarpur corridor."

The said the laying of the foundation stone for the corridor paved the way for devotees to visit the historic Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan, a long-pending demand of the Punjabis.

The council of ministers passed another special resolution to set up a Dera Development Authority for the development and beautification of the area in and around Dera Baba Nanak ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the of

"For the development of 13 villages of Dera Baba Nanak, a development authority will be set up. This authority will be under the chairmanship of Amarinder Singh with local MLA, being the members," Bajwa said.

The has already announced a slew of development projects to upgrade infrastructure and other facilities for the pilgrims expected to visit the area during the of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, for which year-long celebrations were kicked off by the on November 23.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:10 IST