Thursday, November 04, 2021

Nashik Airport could be next Haj Embarkation Point in India

Mumbai: Nashik Airport which is owned and operated by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Ozar, some 20 kilometres from Nashik City, could soon be added in the list of Haj Embarkation Points.

The addition of Ozar (also spelled as Ojhar) Airport in the list of Hajj Embarkation Points will ease the difficulties Muslims from Nashik, Malegaon, Dhule and other cities and towns of North Maharashtra face while travelling to Makkah to perform the annual Haj rituals.

The demand to include Ojhar Airport in the list of Hajj Terminals has been consistently raised by Nashik MP Hemant Godse. Godse had in the last few months met Maharashtra Minorities Department and also Civil Aviation Ministry in New Delhi for the same.

According to the office of Hemant Godse, Maharashtra government has already sent its positive report vis-à-vis inclusion of Nashik Airport as the next Haj Embarkation Point.

Godse had also recently met Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of Minority Affairs, New Delhi. The Ministry of Minority Affairs coordinates Hajj operations from India with the Haj Committee of India headquartered in Mumbai, and its various state units operating from different state capitals.

Hemant Godse’s office said Naqvi has prima facie given his nod to the proposal.

04/11/21 Zohair M Safwan/

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