New Delhi: With no response from India to re-open the Kartarpur Corridor due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Pakistan has decided to convert the Sikh’s one of the most revered religious place Kartarpur Sahib into a tourist place. The Pakistan government has announced to begin private guided tours to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in luxury vehicles and construct shopping plaza’s at Kartarpur Sahib for the entertainment of tourists.
The brainchild of Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), the luxury guided tours to the holy shrines has reportedly got the go-ahead from the country’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony.
While confirming the same, the ETPB Chairman Aamer Ahamad informed the media that the project has been discussed with all the stakeholders and possibilities are being explored to develop the Kartapur Sahib as a recreational tourism destination.
“But all such activities would be outside the precincts of Kartarpur Corridor,” Ahmad said.
It is to be noted that Pakistan incurs huge expenses on the maintenance and upkeep of the Kartapur Corridor, but ever since India has suspended the day-long pilgrimage, it has become extremely difficult to fund crunched Pak government to maintain the shrine.
Following the coronavirus outbreak, India and Pakistan had temporarily suspended the Kartapur pilgrimage on March 16, 2020.