SRINAGAR The first batch of Hajj pilgrims from Kashmir will leave for Saudi Arabia on July 04, officials said on Tuesday.
An official spokesman said Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of Kashmir Division and concerned officers to ensure hassle-free arrangements are put in place for the Hajj pilgrims in their respective districts.
The Div Com through video conferencing took a district-wise appraisal of preparations and arrangements for Hajj pilgrims from each District Development Commissioners of Kashmir Division.
The meeting was informed that 11,600 Hajj pilgrims will perform Hajj this year from the J&K.
It was revealed that the first batch of Hajj pilgrims from the Kashmir valley will leave on July 04. 70 flights, ferrying 150 pilgrims in each flight will fly from Srinagar Airport up till July 29.
It was urged that all the Hajj pilgrims will reach Hajj House, Bemina four hours before their scheduled flight schedule for necessary departure procedure.
While reviewing the arrangements and facilities being provided to the Hajj pilgrims of the state, the Divisional Commissioner directed the PDD to install generator sets to supplement the uninterrupted power supply to the Hajj house Bemina.
He also directed the concerned officers to put all arrangements with regard to maintaining a regular supply of drinking water, sanitation, besides the establishment of medical camp along with services of medical officers and ambulance available at Hajj House Srinagar and at Airport 24×7 to facilitate the pilgrims. SRTC will provide an adequate number of high-end buses for transporting the pilgrims from Hajj House to the Airport.
Khan directed SMC officers to ensure proper sanitation is maintained in and around the Hajj House, besides providing additional mobile toilets in Hajj House and Airport so that pilgrims do not face any kind of difficulty.
R&B engineers were asked to carry out immediate macadamization of link roads in Hajj House, while as the Fire Tenders will be deployed at Hajj House and Airport. For real-time announcements for Hajjis, Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) shall install Public Address System (PAS) at Bemina and Srinagar Airport.
Div Com directed Police to ensure proper security and barricading arrangements in Hajj House, Bemina and Airport and issue security passes to the concerned officials well before time. SSP Traffic will devise proper route plan to avoid vehicle jamming. The Officer will also deploy 70 Home Guard personnel and Red Cross volunteers in the Hajj House and Airport for the facilitation of the pilgrims.
The meeting was informed that State Bank of India will install Currency Exchange Counter at the Airport and Hajj House Bemina, besides Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited will provide refreshment to the Hajj Pilgrims at Airport.
Mechanical Department will provide Crane for Shifting of X-Ray machine from Airport to Hajj House.
The Div Com asked DDC Budgam to visit the airport premises for the finalization of necessary arrangements and the deployment of magistracy en-route to the Airport besides install information center in Airport premises.
Khan directed all officials to gear up and finalize all the arrangements well in time, besides all DCs will hold a meeting in their respective districts to ensure hassle-free arrangements for the convenience of Hajjis.
The meeting was attended by Executive Officer State Hajj Committee (SHC) Dr Abdul Salaam Mir, Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, Commissioner SMC, Joint Director Information & Public Relations (DIPR) Abid Hussain, Joint Director of Fire & Emergency services, SSP Anti-Hijacking, GM JKSRTC, Deputy Directors of Floriculture & Tourism, DNO Health Services, Superintending Engineers of PHE and R&B, SMC, SSP Traffic, SP Traffic (Rural), Officers of Airport Authority of India & Customs, Area Commandant Home Guards and other concerned officials were present in this meeting whereas all Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
Hajj 2019: Pilgrims told to deposit insurance premium, transport charges
The Executive Officer, State Hajj Committee (SHC) Tuesday informed that all the selected Hajj pilgrims shall deposit the State Hajj dues including mandatory insurance premium, transport charges from Hajj House to Airport and other handling charges to be incurred by SHC.
Giving break-up of the dues to be paid, the official handout issued from the office of SHC read that pilgrims who do not want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House Srinagar shall pay Rs 750 per pilgrim, while as the pilgrims who want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House, Srinagar shall pay Rs 1000 per pilgrim which include Rs 250 as boarding charges for one night. Besides, pilgrims travelling from Delhi Embarkation Point shall have to pay Rs 150 per pilgrim as insurance premium. It is further informed that those Hajj pilgrims who have opted Delhi Embarkation Point for their departure shall have to deposit only Rs 150 per pilgrim.
The Hajj pilgrims of Jammu division who have opted Srinagar Embarkation point and Hajj pilgrims of Ladakh division shall have to deposit additional charges on account of boarding for their stay at Hajj House, Srinagar.
The concerned pilgrims are required to deposit the receipt of the amount at the office of respective deputy commissioners at the time of collection of passports and other travel documents.