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First batch of Hajis to return on July 18

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Srinagar: With the first batch of pilgrims scheduled to return from Saudi Arabia on July 18th, after performing Hajj, the Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar Bidhuri today convened a high-level meeting to review the arrangements being made for providing the required facilities to them.

Director Airport, SSP Traffic, ADC Sgr, CEO Hajj Committee, Jt. Commissioner SMC, SE Customs, representatives of CISF and CRPF, Hajj Officer, besides representatives of Jal Shakti, KPDCL, Fire and Emergency, Security, Homeguards, SRTC and Deputy Commissioners of all districts of Kashmir, Jammu and Kargil attended the meeting through video conferencing.

The Div Com directed the concerned officers to ensure rousing welcome to the J&K-bound Hajis, officials said.

The meeting was informed that 12000 pilgrims from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh performed Hajj this year. Return Hajj flights from Saudi Arabia to Srinagar will operate from July 18th to August 02, 2023.

A total of 38 flights shall fly Hajis from Saudi Arabia to here, with two flights to operate on the first three days and afterwards three flights will operate till the return of all pilgrims.

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

The Div Com directed CEO Hajj Committee to ensure color-coded passes for attendants of pilgrims entering the airport. He also directed the concerned Officers for setting up medical facilities, deployment of fire tenders with crew, regulation of traffic at airport, besides un-interrupted drinking water and power supply at Hajj House and proper sanitation in and around Hajj House etc.

It was given out that only vehicles with passes shall be allowed to enter the Airport premises to receive pilgrims. Besides, Home-guards will be deployed at the Airport to facilitate Hajj pilgrims.

The Div Com directed the S. E Customs to ensure deployment of enough manpower at the airport for mandatory screening.

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