2005 News Story

Preparation of Hajj continue in Makkah

Preparation of Hajj continue
More than 622,000 pilgrims arrive in Holy Places
Dr. Khalid Nahas, Mayor of the Makkah, in an interview with English daily Saudi Gazette said that 23,100 workers have been employed for the service of the pilgrims.

A labor force of 7,200 including supervisors, foremen, drivers and sweepers has been working in Makkah from December 13.  A fleet of 654 garbage trucks along with auto vacuum and broom cleaners has been pressed into service. Over 200 electrically operated compressor garbage storage tanks have been installed in the Holy City. Twenty-six mobile teams provided with insecticides operate round the clock to keep the city clean. Nahas told Saudi Gazette that special care has also been taken to ensure the cleanliness of the holy sites in Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafat.

The civil authorities have also taken precautions to allow only healthy animals to the holy sites. Various check points all around the holy sites have been set up for this purpose. Keeping the hygiene and sanitation standards in mind, enclosures for 900,000 sheep and goats and 15,000 cows and camels have been sanitized for Hajj sacrifice. The five abattoirs at Mina have been equipped with modern instruments for skinning, cutting and cleaning of the animals and removing waste.

In order to meet any emergencies, the municipality has provided 91 ambulances. Tunnels have been constructed in Makkah to ensure smooth movement of traffic. There are 56 tunnels out of Makkah, 36 into Makkah, four tunnels for pedestrians, 10 for traffic on the holy sites and six for pedestrians in the holy sites.

Similarly, the lighting arrangements in the holy sites have been upgraded; Makkah has 900 sub-stations supplying power to 70,000 tower poles, and 90,000 thousand lamps.