Amritsar: After laying the foundation stone of Sharda Yatra Base Camp Temple and Centre and installation of Nishan Sahib at Teetwal village gurdwara near LoC in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, the Save Sharda Committee Kashmir (SSCK) has urged the Centre to build a corridor from Teetwal, India, to Sharda Temple inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the lines of Kartarpur Corridor.
While talking to TOI on Friday, SSCK head Ravinder Pandita said on Thursday they had laid the foundation stone for Sharda Yatra Base Camp Temple and Centre and also installed the Nishan Sahib for the construction of gurdwara which existed before the Partition. He claimed that 10 supporters of Sharda mission from across the LoC also came to greet them.
Pandita said they had also demanded similar infrastructure like that of Integrated Check Post at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab on the Indian side of Kartarpur corridor for pilgrimage to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib, in Pakistan .
The ancient Sharda Peeth temple was located at Shardi village in Neelam district of PoK and the SSCK wants the Indian government to construct a corridor from Teetwal in India to Shardi in PoK, he said, adding that a 5 marla land had been earmarked for the construction of gurdwara.
A resident of Tangdhar village, about 5 kms from Teetwal, Joginder Singh said both the gurdwara and the temple were completely at the time of Partition. The place was just five to seven steps from the Kishanganga river, across which was the PoK, he said. “We have made a beginning and hope gurdwara, temple and the corridor will come up in the near future,” he said. Tangdhar has a population of around 475 persons and around 130 houses of Sikhs, he said.