'Passport mela' for Haj pilgrims

'Passport mela' for Haj pilgrims

A ‘passport mela’ for Haj aspirants was inaugurated in Mangalore on Tuesday. The Haj Committee of India (HCI) has made it mandatory for the pilgrims to possess passports to undertake the pilgrimage. 

The five-day ‘Mela’ is being organised by Dakshina Kannada District Haj Executive Committee (DKDHEC) under the guidance of Karnataka State Haj Committee (KSHC) at the Office located in Karnad Sadashiva Rao Memorial Building at Light House Hill Road. 

The mela was inaugurated formally by handing over the passport applications to the aspirants. 

According to the organisers, pasport mela has been conducted to avoid  confusion in the last minute, while people are ready to go for Haj pilgrimage. 

Aspirants from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Kodagu districts will be benefited from the mela, which will conclude on February 18. 

The mela was inaugurated in presence of Yenepoya Mohammed Kunhi, President of DKHEC, Rasheed Haji, S M Rasheed Haji, B A Moideen Bava, Haj Committee official K M Basha and others. 

The organisers will help the applicants to fill the applications and explain them about the required documents. The applicants are expected to visit the passport office in Mangalore to get their passports on a scheduled date.