New Delhi: Senior citizens of Delhi can now avail a government-sponsored trip to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib under the Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra Yojana, stated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi on November 8, Arvind Kejriwal, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “The Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah border-Sri Anandpur Sahib route will be extended to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib. The Cabinet has given its in-principle approval to this extension today. Delhi’s senior citizens will now be able to visit the sacred site free of cost under the scheme.”
Kejriwal noted that all the costs incurred by the senior citizens of Delhi while undertaking the yatra will be paid by the Aam Aadmi Party government to the Indian or Pakistan Government in Indian or foreign currency. Notably, senior citizens will have to take a younger attendant with them during the pilgrimage, added Kejriwal.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal announced that the Odd-Even scheme will not be applicable on November 11 and 12, due to the 550th-anniversary celebrations for the founder of Sikh, Guru Nanak Dev. According to news agency ANI, Kejriwal said, “The 550th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is being celebrated through a grand Nagar Kirtan on November 11 and the Guru Parv on November 12. Lakhs of people from the Sikh community are expected to join the celebrations. Several Sikh organisations came to me with a request to suspend Odd-Even for these two days and we have decided to do that.”
It must be noted that the odd-even scheme was announced by the chief minister of Delhi as part of the seven-point ‘Parali Pradushan’ (pollution caused by crop stubble burning) action plan that includes mass distribution of anti-pollution masks, mechanised sweeping, water sprinkling on roads, tree plantation, and special plans for 12 pollution hotspots in the national capital city.