Excited & Overwhelmed: Indians Visit Shrine Via Kartarpur Corridor
Video Editor: Vishal Kumar
Video Producer: Hera Khan
Inaugurated a day earlier, the much-awaited Kartarpur Corridor thrown open to the public on Sunday, 10 November, witnessed overwhelmed, excited and some disappointed pilgrims.
The four-km-long corridor, which connects the revered gurdwara in Pakistan to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 9 November.
Speaking to The Quint, 78-year-old Harimohan Singh Bhatia, who had come from Delhi, teared up while saying that he failed to describe his excitement to visit the holy shrine.
Another pilgrim Baljinder Singh said that the Kartarpur Corridor provided a “ray of hope.”
The reporter, along with the pilgrims, crossed multiple check points to get to the corridor. While the passport and a confirmation letter from the bureau of immigration is checked at one, the pilgrims' biometric is taken at another. At the customs point pilgrims have to declare their belongings before proceeding to the corridor.
Fifty-year-old Gurjeet Kaur who was waiting to complete the formalities said that she will return only after visiting the Kartarpur Sahib. Speaking to The Quint, she said:
However, there were some disappointments as well. Sixty-year-old Inderjeet Kaur who had come to visit the Sikh shrine all the way from Pune was not allowed to visit as she had not registered herself earlier.
On the inaugural day 562 pilgrims crossed over to Pakistan to offer prayers at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur after the much-awaited corridor was opened, officials said on Saturday.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and Union ministers Hardeep Puri and Som Prakash were also a part of the delegation.