Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting her request to rename the national highway from the Indo-Pak border to Sultanpur Lodhi as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg. The national highway was named 703AA before the change.
I am extremely grateful to Sh @narendramodi ji & Sh @nitin_gadkari ji for honouring and upholding the Sikh sentiments and taking this commendable step which will leave an indelible mark in history. 2/2#SriGuruNanakDevJiMarg#KartarpurCorridor#550thParkashPurab pic.twitter.com/7vNu48I4M9— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 17, 2019
"I am extremely grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitin Gadkari for honouring and upholding the Sikh sentiments and taking this commendable step which will leave an indelible mark in history," Badal wrote on Twitter.
Thanking Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Gadkari, Badal said, "The Centre's decision to rename the new national highway in Punjab constructed by the NHAI as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg was a befitting tribute to Guru Sahab on the occasion of the 550th Parkash Purb." Harsimrat Kaur Badal also said that the decision has been conveyed to the Public Works Department of the Punjab government and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been directed to implement the decision with immediate effect.
Gadkari on Thursday had announced the renaming of the highway starting from Kapurthala, connecting Gobindwal Sahib and terminating near Taran Tarana. "The National Highway starting from Kapurthala connecting Gobindwal Sahib and terminating near Taran Taran in the state of Punjab has been declared as new National Highway No. 703AA and named as "Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg," Gadkari wrote on Twitter.
Harsimrat also lashed out at Pakistan for levying a fee of $20 charged from each pilgrim assessing the Kartarpur Corridor and said that the country has decided to "put profit before piety". "This is disrespect to sentiments of Sikh Sangat. I join the Panth in demand this jaziya tax be withdrawn immediately," tweeted Harsimrat Kaur Badal.