7,300 from State to go on Haj pilgrimage

The State Haj Committee has made elaborate arrangements for about 7,300 Muslims from Karnataka who will be making the Haj pilgrimage this year from September 28.

The pilgrims will leave for the holy city of Mecca from Bangalore, Mangalore, Hyderabad and Goa. So far, 6,819 pilgrims have registered for the pilgrimage.

The Air India flight schedule is as follows: pilgrims from Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Udupi, Hassan and Chikmagalur will board the flight from Mangalore between September 28 and October 2 daily; pilgrims from all the districts, including Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, will board the flights from Bangalore from October 2 to October 12; pilgrims from Belgaum and Uttara Kannada will depart from Goa between October 7 and October 9 daily; pilgrims from Bidar, Gulbarga and Yadgir will board the flight from Hyderabad from October 6 to October 19.

The Haj Committee has made arrangements for ‘halal-certified’ food to be served to the pilgrims in the aircraft. Arrangements have also been made to receive pilgrims from bus stands and railway stations.

The Haj Camp 2012 will be held from September 30 to October 12 at the Khuddus Saheb Idgah Maidan on Millers Road, Bangalore. The camp will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.

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