Governance

‘Parking woes’ at Hajj House after ‘positive initiative’ brought in by Traffic Police

As the Hajj pilgrims are leaving for their holy annual pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, those accompanying them to the Baitul Hujaj (Hajj House), Bemina are furious with the recent “inconvenient changes” in the parking system there. The traffic authorities, however, are calling it ‘a positive initiative.’

There are two spots near the Hajj House that could have been utilized for the parking: one, that is almost adjacent to the Haj House and other, opposite to it. One has to cross the Haj House Road where vehicles often move at a higher speed. The authorities have chosen the spot opposite to the Haj House. Moreover, only one person is said to be allowed with the pilgrims who can be above the age of 70 years. The two factors: parking and allowing one person with the Hajis, is creating havoc as the one dropping them would be the one who will have to park the vehicle.

“Hajis have been performing Haj for years now. We did need proper traffic management but this decision seems to be illogical,” says one of the commuters who had dropped off his relatives at the Hajj House.

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