The EC’s approval, officials said, is related to the project undertaken by the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI). India began the construction of a 4.25 km four-lane road along the international border leading to Dera Baba Nanak on April 6, and the construction firm intends to complete this by September 2019.
In November 2018, India and Pakistan had agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.
India and Pakistan last month held a meeting of technical experts on the Kartarpur corridor during which its alignment, coordinates, and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points were discussed.
"We had sought clarifications from Pakistan on a number of issues...on the number of pilgrims that can be received daily on visas. These are the clarifications which remain unaddressed by Pakistan," the MEA said.
On Friday, India summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner amid concerns over the presence of leading Khalistani separatist Gopal Singh Chawla, a close aide of terrorist Hafiz Saeed, in a 10-member committee appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor, official sources said.
The Ministry of External Affairs, it is learnt, have conveyed to their counterpart that the next meeting on modalities would be scheduled only after they receive a response from the neighbouring country over the indicated concerns.
Gopal Singh Chawala, who allegedly has close ties with LeT's co-founder and terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed is on the special 10-member committee of the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (PSGPC) to "help facilitate" the visit of Indians pilgrims at the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara.
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