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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 20:00

Mangalore Hajj Ghar unrealised: 980 pilgrims fly to Madinah via Goa

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Mangalore: The number of Hajj pilgrims taking the pilgrimage from Bajpe-Kenjar is on the rise. Keeping this development in mind, though a Hajj Bhavan should have been built, it has not become a reality yet.

Every year top leaders across the political spectrum show up to see off the Hajj pilgrims and promise them of a Hajj Bhavan.

However, so far, non-availability of space has posed impediment for taking off of this project. The officials did spend a lot of time looking for a land in Kenjar area itself, but they are yet to find suitable land for the same.

About four years ago, the Haj pilgrims from coastal region and from Western Ghats had to depend on Bangalore. However, from 2009, the entire scenario changed. Under the leadership of Yenepoya Muhammad Kunhi, Mangalore Haj Nirvahana Samiti was formed and this Committee with the help of volunteers organized Haj Camp at Bajpe Ansar English Medium School. As many as 700 pilgrims from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttar Kannada, Chikmagallur and Kodagu districts participated in the camp and started the pilgrimage from Bajpe airport. The pilgrims then had to fly from Mangalore to Calicut and take a connective flight to Madina.

In 2009, the then Minister for Foreign Affairs S M Krishna had inaugurated the camp and had said that the Hajj Bhavan will be provided to Hajj pilgrims in Mangalore next year. State Wakf Minister Mumtaz Ali Khan had said that apart from building a ‘Hajj Ghar’, the quota of Hajj pilgrims must be increased to the state and VIP quota should be stopped.

In 2010, second Hajj pilgrimage from the district was held and this time due to lack of preparation, there was lot of confusion. The camp venue was shifted from Ansar School to Old airport premises.

In 2011, third Hajj pilgrimage was organized at Bajpe-Kenjar airport and this time, the pilgrims flew directly to Madina from Mangalore. The then chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, who also had the Wakf portfolio, was expected to take part in the event.

In 2012, then Wakf Minister Bellubbi inaugurated the fourth Hajj pilgrimage and spoke of Hajj Ghar again. This time, 1,065 pilgrims flew directly to Madina in ‘White India’, a Portuguese airline.

This time 980 pilgrims flew to Madinah via Goa leaving the pilgrims unhappy over the arrangement.


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