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Pilgrimage to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through Kartarpur corridor suspended due to floods

Officials said the waterlogging does not pose any threat to the corridor, earthen embankment or 'Darshan Asthal'.
Last Updated : 20 July 2023, 10:29 IST
Last Updated : 20 July 2023, 10:29 IST

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Authorities in Punjab's Gurdaspur on Thursday stopped pilgrims from travelling to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through the Kartarpur corridor due to the rising water level in the Ravi.

Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Himanshu Aggarwal said they have recommended to the government to suspend the pilgrimage for two days.

The decision has been taken keeping the safety of the pilgrims in mind, he said.

The Kartarpur corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district.

The water level in the Ravi river rose after 2.60 lakh cusecs of water was released in the Ujh river in Jammu on Wednesday.

However, Aggarwal said there is no threat to the Kartarpur corridor despite the rising water level in the river.

"We have recommended the suspension of pilgrimage for the next two days," he told PTI over the phone.

The official said water from the Pakistan side also flowed in near the Kartarpur corridor and the earthen embankment on Thursday morning.

He said they were collecting information on how the water flowed in from the Pakistan side.

Aggarwal said the waterlogging does not pose any threat to the corridor, earthen embankment or 'Darshan Asthal'.

He said the district administration was closely monitoring the situation.

Due the increase in the water level in the Ravi, the 'sangat' (devotees) were stopped from travelling to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara keeping their safety in mind, Aggarwal said.

He said the pilgrimage will be resumed once the water level in the river recedes.

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Published 20 July 2023, 10:29 IST

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