As the world Sikh community is preparing to ring in the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, at the Kartarpur Sahib shrine, Pakistan has decided to charge hefty fees for holy pilgrims.
Pakistan has fixed a fee of $20 (Rs 1428) to each visitor of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara. However, the Indian government has appealed to Pakistan against such high entry.
Apart from the entry fee, Pakistan is planning to charge devotees Rs 151 from every Kartarpur Sahib visitor for 100 gram of ‘prasad’. Which is insane, because prasad in any Gurudwara is offered free of charge. Pakistan has labeled this charge as packaging fee.
Pakistan has, however, notified that devotees will not be charged to carry the holy water available in the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara.
As per the Kartarpur Corridor agreement, 5000 devotees will enter Pakistan every day to visit the Kartarpur Sahib. The Pakistan government has said that everyone can use the Kartarpur Corridor without any restrictions, the final permissions will be granted almost a week before the scheduled visit.
As per a final draft, India will provide a list of pilgrims at least 10 days before the visit and Pakistan will take four days to reply.
The corridor is expected to reopen on the 9th of November 2019.