First batch of Haj pilgrims flying home on September 7

SRINAGAR: With the first batch of pilgrims scheduled to return from Saudi Arabia on September 07, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, convened a high level meeting to review the arrangements being made for providing required facilities to Hajjis.

The meeting was informed that 8050 Pilgrims from the Valley had performed Hajj this year. Return Hajj flights from Saudi Arabia to Srinagar will operate from September 07 to September 15, 2017. Two daily flights will operate from Saudi Arabia to Srinagar at 4:15 pm & 5:35 pm and each flight will carry 420 pilgrims.

The Meeting discussed various issues relating to arrival of Hajj Flights, reception, arrival timings, airlifting of luggage Aab-e-Zam Zam, deployment of Home Guards volunteers, vehicle passes to attendants and transport arrangements for pilgrims.

Divisional Commissioner directed concerned officers to ensure un-interrupted power supply at Hajj House, medical facilities, fire and emergency services, sanitation in and around Hajj House, regulation of traffic, security, Public Address System would be provided by the Department of Information.

Khan said that the attendants of Hajjis would be issued multi color passes for entering the airport. Only one vehicle is allowed to enter the Airport premises from Hyderpora, in which one driver and one relative accompany the Hajj pilgrim at departure point. All routes leading to Airport will be properly plugged at Gogo and Humhama Crossings. Additional 80 Home-guards will be deployed at Airport and 20 at Hajj House. Kehwah Transport Company will deploy ten vehicles at Hajj house. J&K Bank limited provide refreshment to Hajjis at airport besides install currency exchange counter in the premises.

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