First batch of Indian Hajis arrive in Makkah

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saudi Gazette report

MAKKAH — The first batch of Indian pilgrims arrived here on Friday evening from Madinah. These pilgrims landed in Madinah on July 4 and after staying there for eight days were moved to Makkah.

Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh and Haj Consul Y. Sabir received the pilgrims wishing them a peaceful stay in the holy sites and assured them that all Indian officials would ensure that the pilgrims would perform their Haj rituals in tease and comfort.

New buses of 2018 and above models are being used to transport pilgrims from India.

Out of a total of 1,40,000 people performing the pilgrimage under the aegis of the Haj Committee of India, about 63,000 will arrive in Madinah by July 21 and the remaining 77,000 will arrive in Jeddah between July 20 and Aug. 5. The Haj will take place tentatively from Aug. 8 to Aug. 14.

Necessary arrangements have been put in place to provide maximum comfort to the pilgrims. The embassy and the consulate have deployed sufficient manpower for the smooth movement of the pilgrims and their baggage to their respective buildings.

An office is functioning round-the-clock at Madinah airport to assist arriving Indian pilgrims.

For the first time, rooms have been allotted to the pilgrims for their stay in Madinah prior to the departure from India. The pre-allotment has drastically cut down the time required for the movement of the pilgrims and check-in procedures at hotels and apartment buildings. In Makkah, the pre-allotment has been in effect for many years.