All arrangements being made at Kochi airport for Hajj pilgrimage

The construction of temporary pandal progressing at CIAL academy

Nedumbassery: Kochi International airport here is readying facilities for this year’s Hajj pilgrims. The pilgrimage season comes after two years of Covid-19 pandemic break.

The embarkation point here is expecting 8,000 pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry and Lakshadweep.

The Kerala State Hajj Committee has already begun the preparations. The camp for the pilgrims will be at CIAL Academy adjacent to the airport. The authorities concerned is planning to arrange extensive facilities.

The construction of temporary pandal is in its final stage. The maintenance work of existing canteen and toilets will be conducted. There will provision for accommodation of hajjis (Mecca pilgrim), camp volunteers and officials.

The camp will have hajj committee office, hajj cell office, airlines office, allopathy-homeopathy clinics and bank counters. While prayer hall, resting point, assembly hall will be in the pandal itself.

The camp will officially begin on June 3 and the first flight from Kochi Airport for the pilgrimage will leave on June 4.

This year, the number of people allowed for Hajj is limited and as a result there are only ten embarkation points across the country and Kochi is one among them.

Meanwhile, Karipur airport was excluded from the list of embarkation points in the country. Following, the tragic plane crash in 2022, the DGCA has denied permission for operating large aircraft in Karipur airport. This might have led to Karipur airport’s exclusion.

The chairman of central Haj Committee, AP Abdullakutty, recently said that the embarkation point for Hajj pilgrimage will be set up in Malabar region next year. In the previous years, over 80 percent of the applicants for the pilgrimage were from Malabar.

According to Abdullakutty, due to presence of airport in Kannur, there is a demand that it should be made an embarkation point for the pilgrims. Similarly, as more people are going for Hajj from Malappuram and Kozhikode regions, Kozhikode has raised the demand, he said.

Abdullakutty assured that the demands will be deliberated and all sides will be considered before taking the decision.

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