Hajj stam­pede area to be direct road to Ja­ma­rat site

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MAKKAH—A street num­bered 206, which was the scene of stam­pede that killed hun­dreds of pil­grims dur­ing last year’s hajj, will be made a direct road to the Ja­ma­rat (ston­ing of the devil) area to avoid any over­crowd­ing of pil­grims.

Quot­ing in­formed sources, Makkah Ara­bic daily said on Mon­day that pil­grims us­ing this new road will not have to cross any in­ter­sec­tions and will di­rectly ac­cess the Ja­ma­rat area.

The sources said the pro­ject, which is be­ing im­ple­mented by the Author­ity for the De­vel­op­ment of Makkah and the Holy Sites, will be com­pleted on Sep- tem­ber 2.

They said a num­ber of tents which block the road will be dis­man­tled and shifted to an­other area in Mina which has be­come spa­cious af­ter govern­ment of­fices were re­lo­cated out­side the tent city.

On the other hand, tem­per­a­ture in the tents in Mina will be brought down from 33 de­grees Cel­sius to 21 de­grees dur­ing the year’s hajj thanks to a new type of air con­di­tioner de­vel­oped by an Aus­tralian com­pany.

The com­pany was con­tracted by the Pub­lic In­vest­ments Fund (PIF) of the Fi­nance Min­istry which has been re­spon­si­ble for the in­stal­la­tion of the air con­di­tion­ers.—Agen­cies

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