Development of Passenger Terminal Complex at Kartarpur Sahib Corridor
Amritsar, March 14 (Punjab Post Bureau) – Government of India has planned various activities for the commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. One of the important activities is that MHA has initiated development of a “State of the Art” Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Complex at Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, Dera Baba Nanak, Punjab. Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) which is mandated to develop and operate Integrated Check Posts along the land borders of the country has been entrusted with this important work.
Government of India has identified 50 acres of land for the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor which has immense National Importance. This would be developed in two phases. Phase-I will be developed over 15 acres of land. The Passenger Terminal Building Complex will be a State of the Art Green building and display murals/ photographs based on rich Indian cultural values with eye soothing landscaping. The design of the PTB Complex is inspired by the Symbol ‘Khanda’ which symbolizes values of oneness and humanity. The building will be differently abled and elderly persons friendly and will cater to the smooth movement of approximately 5000 pilgrims per day to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) with other public amenities and adequate facilities for immigration and customs clearance. The complex will incorporate robust security protocols with CCTV surveillance and other advance security systems. These facilities are planned to be developed and put in place well before the commemoration of 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in November 2019.
Highlights of the Phase 1 development are:
- Main Passenger Terminal Complex will have a built up area of 21,650 sqm. The fully air conditioned Passenger Terminal Building of approximately 16,000 sqm., built around the thematic depiction of ‘Khanda’ will present the rich cultural heritage of Punjab. The main building will have:-
- Sufficient space inside for seating of 2000 pilgrims.
- Sufficient rooms & offices for staff for functional requirements.
- Sufficient Public amenities like: Kiosks, washrooms, first aid medical facilities and snacks counters inside main building.
- VIP lounges.
- Robust security systems with CCTV surveillance and PA systems.
- Management of 5000 passengers in the complex:
- Buses and Cars to move into the Parking area as earmarked.
- Adequate public amenities at foreground in passenger assembly area which is nearly 5400 sqm.
- Provision of wheel chair, tickets kiosk and luggage cloak room in this area.
- Air-conditioned waiting area for 300 persons and food court with seating capacity of around 250 persons.
- Shaded seating spaces and landscape area – 8250 sqm. for 2500 persons.
- Sufficient space inside PTB building (waiting area of 4570 sqm.) for seating of 2000 pilgrims.
- Public amenities, rest area and covered passage between PTB and International Border.
- Gate with public amenities at Zero Point on international border.
(h) Immigration & Customs:
- 54 Immigration counters for processing of 5000 pilgrims per day.
- Queue arrangement to be provided -1700 sqm.
- Custom Counters-12.
- 300 Ft National Monumental Flag at the International Border.
- Landscape area with water bodies, artifacts, sculptures of local culture, amphitheater, shaded seating spaces, canopies, benches etc.
- The grandeur Entry gate will have security counters and public amenities.
- Adequate parking space for 10 buses, 250 Cars, and 250 two- wheelers.
- Phase-I of the Terminal building is expected to cost Rs. 140 crores excluding the cost of the land.
In Phase-II it is planned to develop a viewer gallery and restaurant atop a watch tower (approx. 30 meter high), a 5 Bedded Hospital, accommodation for around 300 pilgrims, transit accommodation for all stake holders, space for Fire Station, Police Station and adequate Parking for thousand vehicles.
Every effort is being made to ensure that Phase-I of the Passenger Terminal Complex is made operational well before the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.