Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hajis face slush test at Gujarat airport

Ahmedabad: Even as Gujarat is sending the highest ever 7,500 haj pilgrims to Mecca, the road to holy journey is laden with muck and slush for passengers arriving at Ahmedabad-based Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport.
Passengers are sending out pictures of the haj pilgrims, dressed in all whites, trudging their trolleys in deep slush. One of the haj pilgrims, Ahmed Patel, said that three to four pilgrims were injured after they fell down on the slippery soil near the terminal-3.
On August 21, Union minister of state for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had flagged off the first batch of 300 pilgrims.
The government and Gujarat Haj Committee are boasting about the fact that the highest number of pilgrims will fly from the state this year, but the mismanagement is causing hurdles to the pilgrims, said a relative of one of the pilgrims.
27/08/16 Times of India
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