Mangalore, January 3: Even as the Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday assured the construction of a Hajj Bhavan in Bangalore, Karnataka State Hajj Committee S Mohammed Ghouse Basha revealed that a well-equipped ‘Hajj Ghar’ may soon come up in Mangalore too.
Mr Basha said a few enthusiastic Muslim leaders in the coastal city have already identified two possible locations for the purpose and a final decision in this regard would be taken up at an important meeting scheduled to be held on January 13.
He said that Muslim leaders at a meeting held on January 1, in Mangalore, have expressed their willingness to purchase a land with the help of philanthropists and handover it to the government’s Committee. “If it was realized, a Hajj Ghar would come up in Mangalore within a year”, he said.
The Chief Minister meanwhile assured a delegation led by former Minister for Minority Welfare and Wakf Mumtaz Ali Khan, that his government is ready to establish a Hajj Bhavan at a cost of Rs 40 lakh in Bangalore for the benefit of pilgrims.
He said that foundation stone for the proposed building would be laid before January 15 on 3.17 acres at Tirupenahalli at Yelahanka, and the work would be completed by the end of next year.
Muslim leaders discuss about construction of Hajj Ghar in Mangalore at a meeting held on January 1 (Photo: Ahmed Anwar)