[Gurdaspur: Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh views Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, located across the border, with the help of binoculars. during a visit to review the ongoing construction works for the Kartarpur Corridor, at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. ( /PTI]
Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab), Sep 19 : With less than two months to go for the historic 550th Prakash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday took stock of the ongoing construction work for the Kartarpur corridor.
He also sanctioned Rs 75.23 crore for widening and strengthening major roads leading to this iconic town in Gurdaspur district.
The Chief Minister also approved Rs 3.70 crore for the construction of a heritage street and food street for the event, while issuing a series of directives to various departments for ensuring timely completion of all development works for the celebrations.
Accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, Singh inspected the Kartarpur corridor construction works at the Indo-Pak border near here, including the Integrated Check Post (ICP) construction project, where he interacted with construction workers.
He was apprised about the upcoming passenger terminal at the ICP, which would have total capacity of 5,000-10,000 and would be fully equipped with ultra-modern facilities.
Amarinder Singh took the opportunity for a ‘darshan’ of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, located across the border, with the help of binoculars.
It was decided to hold the next Cabinet meeting at Batala town.
Chairing a meeting of the Dera Baba Nanak Development Authority, constituted to ensure holistic development of historic town associated with the first Sikh Guru, the Chief Minister directed all top officials to ensure timely completion of the various projects related to the Prakash Purb celebrations from November 1 to 12.
Amarinder Singh had written to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari seeking the declaration of the Sultanpur Lodhi-Beas-Batala and Dera Baba Nanak road (which is to be named as Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji Marg) as a national highway.
In another directive, the Chief Minister asked the Principal Secretary (Civil Aviation) to take up the issue of special chartered flights from London and other European countries to Amritsar for facilitation of the devotees settled abroad.
He also asked the officials concerned to take up with the Indian Railways the issue of increase in frequency of special trains to the city during the historic occasion.