Srinagar among 21 embarkation points for Haj flights this yr; Haj Comm of India to fund reconstruction, expansion of Haj House at Bemina
Jammu and Kashmir News
SRINAGAR, AUGUST 07: Chairman, Haj Committee of India, Shamim Qaiser, called on the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, here this morning and apprised him about the measures being taken for smooth conduct of Haj-2015.
During the meeting, Qaiser briefed the Chief Minister about the preparations underway for operation of direct Haj flights from Srinagar to Medina Munawarah and arrangements made for stay of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. He said the facilities this year will be better than last year and it will be ensured that pilgrims face no difficulty while performing Haj-e-Baitullah.
Nearly one lakh people are expected to perform the annual Haj Pilgrimage from India this year, including 6684 from J&K. As many as 21 embarkation points, including one at Srinagar, have been established across the country for operation of Haj flights with first scheduled to take off from the summer capital on August 17.
On the issue of extensive damage to Haj House at Bemina during the devastating floods of 2014, Qaiser informed the Chief Minister that Haj Committee of India will consider release of up to Rs. three crore for reconstruction of the damaged structure.
“I have discussed the issue with the State Haj Committee and advised it to submit a detailed proposal. Generally, we provide assistance in case of construction of new infrastructure, but keeping in view the vast damage suffered by Haj House during floods last year, we will favourably consider the reconstruction proposal,” he said and assured that the Haj Committee of India will also liberally fund proposal for expansion of Haj House to increase its intake capacity.
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