Hundreds of Hajj pilgrims from Kashmir have complained major deficiencies in lodging and transportation at Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
In a video that went viral on social media, the aggrieved pilgrims of “Azizia” category complain that power breakdown in their apartments on Friday had caused huge inconvenience to them.
Under Azizia category, the lodging arrangement for the pilgrims is done a few kilometers from the holy Kaaba.
Several pilgrims staying in building numbers 55 (Azizia category) at Makkah complained of power breakdown for several hours amid the sweltering heat. “Both male and female pilgrims had to spend a long time on the roadside as the power supply which got snapped at 4 PM on Friday was not restored for several hours,” the pilgrims in the video said.
“With 47 degree Celsius temperature, we have been put up in an apartment where electricity is playing hide and seek. In addition poor cooling system and poor ventilation make us feel worst,” a pilgrim narrates in the video.
“Before leaving for Hajj, we were promised door-to-door bus service, which has not been done. The pick-up and drop points of buses taking us from our apartment to Kaaba have been arranged in such a fashion that we have to walk by foot in this sweltering heat,” said a pilgrim from Pampore.
Another pilgrim said, “The Hajj authorities have not lived up to their promises. While the group leaders and officials of other states are proactive, the designated officials for Jammu and Kashmir have been least cooperative.”
In the viral video, aggrieved pilgrims are seen urging the Hajj officials accompanying them to make efforts for restoration of power supply.
When contacted, Executive Officer, State Hajj Committee, Abdul Salaam Mir told Greater Kashmir that they have taken up the issues with the Hajj Committee of India.
“Accommodation at Makkah and Madina is allocated by the Consulate General of India and the local Hajj authorities have no direct role in it.” Mir said.
“The apartments and hotels are allotted through an auto-generated process. In fact, before approving a building for housing the pilgrims, the Building Selection Committee makes a visit to the building,” Mir said.
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