Pakistani Government is laying astroturf in Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara to facilitate pilgrims in hot weather-Chandigarh


Lahore: The Pakistan authorities has laid a 16,000-foot synthetic turf within the courtyard of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara to facilitate bare-footed pilgrims stroll on the marble flooring within the scorching warmth, a prime official mentioned on Monday.

Sikh pilgrims from Pakistan have been visiting the gurdwara after it was reopened on June 29 following its closure for 3 months as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

“Astroturf was laid on the marble flooring of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib final week,” Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Amir Hashmi mentioned.

He mentioned the gurdwara flooring is carpeted with 16,000-ft turf within the courtyard to facilitate pilgrims as they should stroll bare-foot on the marble flooring and on this sizzling climate, it’s tough to stroll or sit on it.

Indian pilgrims are at present not visiting the gurdwara as India briefly suspended the pilgrimage and registration for the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on March 16 in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Pilgrims of all faiths from India are allowed to undertake around the yr visa-free journey to the historic gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Photos tweeted by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee showing the astroturf spread out for the convenience of pilgrims on the marble floor at Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara due to the hot weather.

Images tweeted by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee displaying the astroturf unfold out for the comfort of pilgrims on the marble flooring at Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara as a result of sizzling climate.



“Nonetheless there was no inexperienced sign from India to permit Sikhs to go to the gurdwara,” Hashmi mentioned, including Pakistani Sikhs, nevertheless, are visiting it since June 29.

Sikhs from Pakistan and India are allowed to go to the Darabar Sahib by following the usual working protocol (SOPs) for social distancing. ETPB and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee have made particular preparations for the security of the pilgrims.

Earlier, overseas minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi mentioned that Pakistan had conveyed the Indian facet about its readiness to reopen the hall in reference to the event of the loss of life anniversary of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjeet Singh on June 29.

Sources within the authorities of India in New Delhi had mentioned Pakistan was attempting to create a mirage of goodwill by proposing to reopen the hall on June 29.


The sources additionally puzzled why Pakistan proposed to reopen it in such a brief discover of two days whereas a bilateral settlement on the hall offered for info to be shared by either side a minimum of seven days earlier than the date of journey.

The 4km-long Kartarpur Hall gives visa-free entry to Indian Sikh pilgrims to go to the gurdwara, the ultimate resting place of Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, who had spent the final 18 years of his life in Kartarpur.

In November final yr, the 2 international locations threw open the hall linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative.

Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is situated in Pakistan’s Narowal district throughout the Ravi river, about 4km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.