First batch of Haj pilgrims from Kerala set to leave on Tuesday

Kozhikode: The first batch of 238 pilgrims from Kerala would fly to the holy city of Mecca on Tuesday as the State Haj Committee has asked the Centre to take steps to operate additional flights to cater to the requirment of the rising number of pilgrims from the State.

The pilgrims would leave for Jeddah from Karipur International airport here by the saudi based NAS Airlines at 1550 hours on Tuesday, a service to be inaugurated by state Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem.

The State Haj committee has made arrangements at 'Haj House' near the airport, to accomodate and provide other aid to the pilgirms for the month long pilgrimage that lasts till Nov 20, State Haj Committee Chairman P T A Rahim, MLA, said.

Regretting the lack of adequate air services for the pilgrims, Rahim requested Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor to take urgent steps to arrange additional flights to cater to the needs of the 7,636 persons registered for the pilgrimage this season.

Bureau Report