New Haj Policy This Week, Mumbai-Jeddah Sea Route To Be Revived

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New Haj Policy This Week, Mumbai-Jeddah Sea Route To Be Revived

The federal government feels the ocean route will assist minimize down journey bills for Haj pilgrimage. (File photograph)

New Delhi:  The Centre is predicted to come back out with a brand new Haj Yatra coverage this week aiming to make sure a easy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, authorities sources have stated.A key characteristic of the coverage, anticipated to be carried out from the following yr, will probably be to revive the choice of sending pilgrims through the ocean path to Jeddah, after a hiatus of greater than twenty years, they stated.The choice of ferrying the faithfuls from the coastal metropolis of Mumbai to Jeddah has been thought of, because the Supreme Courtroom in a 2012 order requested the Centre to abolish by 2022 the airways subsidy provided to Haj pilgrims.The federal government feels the ocean route will assist minimize down the journey bills.

The Muslims, nonetheless, will proceed to have the choice of travelling to their holiest web site by air from 21 embarkation factors within the nation, together with Delhi and Mumbai, the sources stated.

One other characteristic of the coverage is to restrict the pilgrimage to once-in-a-lifetime affair, they stated, including the federal government will come out with the coverage this week.

“It’s in keeping with the apex court docket’s order and revives the choice of sending pilgrims through ships to Saudi Arabia as it’s a cheaper but snug possibility,” a supply stated.

The observe of ferrying the pilgrims by waterways was discontinued in 1995 on account of MV Akbari, the ship which used to move them, rising previous, the supply stated.
The sources stated a contemporary ship can ferry four,000 to five,000 passengers at a time and canopy the 2300-odd nautical miles distance between the 2 cities in two-three days.Earlier than the ocean route was closed, it used to take practically every week for the pilgrims to achieve Jeddah from the Yellow Gate in Mumbai’s Mazgaon, the supply added.

On the concept of limiting the pilgrimage to as soon as in a lifetime, one other supply added it’s to make sure that all desirous individuals get a good probability to undertake the journey.

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