Chandigarh, October 30
Forward of the 551st beginning anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to direct the Lands Port Authority of India (LPAI) to reopen the Kartarpur Hall.
The hall—which permits Indian pilgrims to undertake visa-free journey to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara—was closed on March 16 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Badal, within the letter, stated easy accessibility needs to be given to the pilgrims whereas imposing well being protocols protecting in view of the 551st beginning anniversary of the Sikhism founder on November 30.
The four-km lengthy hall hyperlinks Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan – the ultimate resting place of Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev.
India has stated that a determination to reopen the Kartarpur hall will likely be taken in accordance with the protocols regarding COVID-19 and easing of restrictions. Badal, in his letter, stated that there was an awesome sentiment within the Sikh group that the Kartarpur Hall needs to be reopened on the earliest in order that devotees may pay obeisance.
“The Pakistan authorities had opened the hall for journey and permission for a similar was solely awaited from the Indian authorities,” he stated.
The SAD president stated outstanding pilgrimage websites the world over, which had been partially or absolutely closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been reopened. Badal stated historical past was made final 12 months when the Indian authorities determined to open the hall and it was inaugurated by the prime minister on November 9 on the eve of the 550th beginning anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
“Hundreds of devotees visited the ultimate resting place of Guru Sahib within the months following this earlier than the hall was closed quickly on March 16 this 12 months. I will likely be grateful when you may intervene on this matter contemplating that restrictions on paying obeisance at locations of worship have been relaxed throughout the nation. This can even be in line with the desires of the Sikh group,” the letter added. PTI