Amarinder Singh, chief minister of Punjab, India stated that the Government of India is yet to sanction funds for acquiring required land for the road to the international border to the Kartarpur corridor. This raises speculation about whether it can be completed before November this year.
In November last year, the Government of India had announced the constrution of a new road linking Dera Baba Nanak-Kalanaur road to the international border to the Kartarpur corridor on the Pakistan side. Though Pakistan has started constructing the corridor within its border, but the National Highways authority of India is yet to start the construction of the Indian side.
The proposed road will start from a point in the Mann village from Dera Baba Nanak-Kalanaur road to the international border. However, the Government needs to acquire some farm lands which fall on the way. The state needs fund to pay for compensation to the land owners, but the central government has not yet sanctioned it according to the Punjab chief minister’s claim.
Prior to that, the National Highway Authority of India has to demaracate the land needed for the link road, which is expected to be around 2.5 to 3 kilometers. After that the Government will issue notification for the acquisition of land and also listen to objections if any of whose land may be necessary for the purpose.