His 24-year struggle for corridor goes unnoticed

CHANDIGARH: He campaigned for the opening of Kartarpur corridor for 24 years.

His 24-year struggle for corridor goes unnoticed

Bhabishan Singh

Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9

He campaigned for the opening of Kartarpur corridor for 24 years. Though the dream project has become a reality, his efforts were not recognised.

He does not even figure on the list of over 600 persons chosen by the Punjab Government for a special award in Kapurthala on Sunday to mark the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak.

Amritsar-based Bhabishan Singh Goraya, 67, had written hundreds of representations to the Indian and Pakistani authorities for opening of the corridor. He had also erected hoardings from Dera Baba Nanak to the Darshan Sthal on the border with Pakistan where binoculars are installed for darshan of the gurdwara. He had also been performing ardas at a gurdwara near the site twice every month.

Bhabishan Singh says he never worked for the corridor for any award, “The greatest award is the opening of the corridor for people like me who prayed to see this happening in their lifetime,” he says, declining to comment on claims by some politicians in India and abroad on credit for opening of the corridor.

Bhabishan says his inspiration was late MLA Kuldeep Singh Wadala who worked relentlessly for opening of the corridor, “I started working with him,” he says, adding that he did get a call from a government official seeking details of his contribution towards the project, but it was never followed up.

He said he was hopeful of the opening of the corridor when in 2008, Pranab Mukherjee, the then External Affairs Minister, visited the Darshan Sthal and announced that the corridor would be opened soon, he recalls as he had written to Mukherjee to visit the site.

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