Nagpur: The pious season of Haj Yatra – a holy visit to to Mecca-Madina in Saudi Arabia is back again! The first batch of Haj pilgrims will leave from here from August 10 to 12 . They will return between September 23 and 26. Nagpur is the only embarkation airport in Central India from where hundreds fly from all over Vidarbha, parts of MP, Chhatisgarh and Telangana on the holy journey every year.
A review meeting presided over by Divisional Commissioner Anup Kumar was held here on Monday. Kumar asked the Haj committee, airlines officials and civic and police authorities to work in close coordination to facilitate people going for Haj and their kith and kin who accompany them to the city and airport to see them off.
Haj committee chairman Ibrahim Sheikh, members Usmanbanu Khalite, Sultan Shiekh, executive officer Imtiaz Quazi, Mod Kalam of Nagpur Haj house, NIT chairman Deepak Mhaisekar, municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal, collector Sachin Kurve, CEO Kadambari Balkawde, Air India centre head Alice Paul, airline’s coordinator Sunita Anne John along with officials of health, fire, railway, immigration, MADC and customs were present the meeting held in commissionerate.
It was decided to take steps to limit the number of people from outstation who reach here along with the pilgrims in vehicles so that parking problem and entry to airport is done without hassles and overcrowding. Instruction were given for checking working conditions of 42 CCTVs, water supply at the Haj House. Since immigration and other formalities like health certification take a long time, it was stressed that pilgrims should plan their schedule accordingly.