First batch of 150 pilgrims leaves for Haj

The first batch of 150 pilgrims from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, and Hassan districts started their Haj pilgrimage by Air India from here on Wednesday.

A total of 750 pilgrims from five districts will undertake the pilgrimage this year from Mangaluru airport. This is the 10th year since the commencement of service from the airport.

The 150 pilgrims, who left to Mecca and Medina on Wednesday, had registered their names at the Haj camp on Ansar English Medium School premises in Bajpe on Monday. They also completed the necessary travel formalities. The second and third batch of 300 pilgrims each completed the formalities on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. They will be flying on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Five flights have been deployed to take pilgrims to Medina.

In the absence of Haj and Wakf Minister B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan, Urban Development and district in-charge Minister U.T. Khader flagged off the first batch. Mangaluru Haj Management Committee president Yenepoya Mohammed Kunhi and secretary Mumtaz Ali Krishnapura participated in the function. Arrangements for stay and food for the pilgrims were made at the Haj camp.

While greeting pilgrims on the pilgrimage, Additional Commissioner, Customs Mangaluru, Imamuddin Ahmad, in a press release, said senior officials have been deputed at the airport to ensure smooth completion of travel formalities. Boards have been placed to make pilgrims aware of the facilities provided by the Customs. In case of any doubts or issues, pilgrims can get in touch with the Departure Superintendent for quick redressal, he said. Team Leader and Assistant Commissioner on duty will also be available for help and guidance, he said.

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