Kartarpur corridor: India asks Pakistan not to levy $20 fee on pilgrims

Corridor will link Gurdwara Darbar Sahib with Dera Baba Nanak shrine. (Archive)

INDIA ON Thursday asked Pakistan not to insist on levying a fee of $20 per Indian pilgrim and hoped that an agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor will be inked soon between the two countries.

Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said both India and Pakistan reached an agreement on the corridor except on the matter of the service fee.

“After several rounds of discussion with Pakistan, we have reached an agreement on all other issues, except the matter of service fee. Pakistan insists on levying a fee of $20 (approx. Rs 1,420) on all pilgrims,” he said.

He said India has urged Pakistan not to levy the fee in the interests of devotees, and also because the opening of the corridor is a people-to-people initiative. “We hope that the agreement can be concluded and signed in time for the great event,” he said.

Pakistan has been insisting on the service fee to meet operational costs of the corridor linking the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur, Punjab.