Kartarpur Corridor Inauguration: PM to visit Gurdwara Ber Sahib, skip both state, SGPC pandals

Anju Agnihotri Chaba
PM Modi will pay obeisance at the Gurdwara Ber Sahib between 9 to 10 am on November 9. (PTI/File)

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Sultanpur Lodhi to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib on November 9 morning, he will not go to either of the two stages set up by the SGPC and the Punjab government near the gurdwara. After praying at Gurdwara Ber Sahib, the PM will straight away proceed for the Dera Baba Nanak where the opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor will take place.

An SGPC official said,”Prime Minister Modi will pay obeisance at the Gurdwara Ber Sahib between 9 to 10 am and will not go to the stages set up by Punjab government and the SGPC.” The programme for Kartarpur Corridor’s inauguration at Dera Baba Nanak is scheduled for 11 am.

In Sultanpur Lodhi, the two stages — one by SGPC and the other by the state government — are located 200 metres from the gurdwara. While government’s pandal is on the back side of gurdwara, the SGPC pandal has been set up at Guru Nanak Stadium located in front of the gurdwara. SGPC officials said they were not aware about who all will accompany PM Modi.

Interestingly, despite an appeal by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, Punjab government and SGPC have put up their separate pandals.

Earlier, SAD president Sukhbir Badal had said that PM will preside over the function to mark 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev at Sultanpur Lodhi.

On Thursday, Special Protection Group (SPG) reached Sultanpur Lodhi and met Punjab Police as well as SGPC officials to take the stock of the security arrangements.

Meanwhile, Political Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Sandeep Sandhu, Thursday reviewed the arrangements for the mega event on November 12, in which Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh would participate along with other dignitaries.

Free bicycles hit among devotees

Around 1,500 devotees have availed this free bicycle facility so far with more than 200 devotees are availing this facility daily. While some of them hire these bicycles for 30 minutes others do it for the entire day. Devotees only need to submit a valid identity proof to avail the facility. Four cycle stands have been specially set up for this purpose. Bicycles have to be returned to the same stand in the evening after which the ID is returned. Rishabh, a Hero Cycles supervisor, stated that 25 bicycles have been kept at each cycle stand.

Special exhibition bus

A special exhibition bus of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department of Punjab government has become another centre of attraction among the pilgrims visiting Sultanpur Lodhi. The devotees, with the help of free literature being distributed, are being made aware of the history of holy city Sultanpur Lodhi and other religious monuments.

The special bus has pictures of main religious and historical monuments of Punjab which includes Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Ram Tirath Temple, Durgiana Temple along with a photograph about the Jallianwala Bagh incident. Besides the photographs, the department has also installed two LED screens where the pilgrims are informed about these monuments with the help of short videos.

The special bus would remain stationed near the main pandal, Guru Nanak Darbar, till November 15.

Over 7,800 treated at medical lounges

A team comprising 1,000 paramedics and doctors is working 24X7 to ensure quality health service to the pilgrims in special medical lounges at various locations in Sultanpur Lodhi town. The medical lounges have proved to be a boon for the visitors as a total of 7,852 visitors have been provided with the medical help along with the free of cost medicines. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasmeet Kaur said that mainly patients complaining about blood pressure, fever, diabetes, bad throat and coughing issues, are coming to getting expert advice from the doctors and medicines.

Gurmat Sangeet Samagam held

Gurmat Sangeet Samagam, Kirtan Darbar and Kavishari were performed in a spiritual atmosphere in main pandal pf Guru Nanak Darbar of Punjab government for the third consecutive day. A large number of pilgrims attended these events Thursday. On this occasion, Jatha of Bhai Baljit Singh Namdhari “Delhi Wale” recited Gurmat Sangeet, Bhai Sukhjinder Singh Hazoori Raagi Darbar Sahib and Dr Inderpreet Kaur did kirtan. Prof Manjit Singh, former Jathedar of Takhat Shri Kesgarh Sahib, did “katha” of Gurbani. Besides, Bhai Nishan Singh, Bhai Balwant Singh, Harjit Singh and Bhai Satinderpal Singh also performed kirtan.The winning students of Punjab School Education Board competitions also presented recitations on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.