The federal budget 2021-22 on Friday requested that Rs452, 910 million be allocated as part of the public sector project for the construction of the Zero Line Bridge for the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor (PSDP).

In Pakistan the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib will be connected to Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India’s Gurdaspur District by the over 420-meter long bridge.

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The 420-meter bridge was a key element of the Kartarpur Corridor project. It should be included here. But both countries have their own positions regarding the construction of the bridge.

nstead of building a bridge, Pakistan insisted on building a route. India pressed nonetheless for the construction of a full bridge, because in the case of water overflow in Ravi, it helps to safeguard the indigenous villages from flooding.

The standoff ended in July 2019 when a delegation from Pakistan, headed by the then Foreign Affairs Spociete, Dr. Muhammad Faisal decided to construct the bridge, following a lengthy consensus and multiple discussions between the responsible officials in both nations. Pakistan voted at the same meeting to enable Indian holders of passengers to travel free of visas.

The bridge is a part of the total allocation Rs 493,849 assigned to three projects under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, which included building the Hajj complex of Quetta border wall with an expense of Rs 25.574 million and building another Hajj complex at Lahore at a cost of Rs 15.365 million. The allocations are to be considered.

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