GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - The Haj camp for the pilgrims of Assam and other Northeastern states, who would depart for the holy cities of Mecca and Medina for pilgrimage, would start in Guwahati from tomorrow.
This year, a total of 4,014 pilgrims, including 1,188 women, would start their journey in batches from August 20, from the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur. From Assam, 3,799 pilgrims would perform Haj this year.
A Saudi airline, named Flynas, Saudi Arabia, has been allotted for the Guwahati embarkation point and altogether 15 flights would operate from August 20 to 31 for the purpose.
Addressing the media here today, Nekibur Zaman, working president of the North East Haj Pilgrims Reception Committee, 2015-16, said that steps are being taken in association with all the stakeholders to ensure a smooth trip for the pilgrims, including their pre-Haj stay at Haji Musafir khana here.
�Passports and visas of the travellers would be handed over to them a day before their departure. Along with this, other necessary arrangements are being done for the logistic support, health care, transportation assistance and other support for the pilgrims,� he added.
Arrangements have also been made to provide foreign exchange to the pilgrims. The approximate cost for the Haj will be around Rs 2,13,050 per pilgrim in the �green category� whereas for the Azizia category, expenditure per pilgrim will be Rs 1,80,300.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi would attend a felicitation-cum-farewell function for the pilgrims, jointly organised by the Joint State Haj Committee in association with the North East Haj Pilgrims Reception on August 19 on the Haji Musafirkhana premises.
To commemorate the occasion, a souvenir named Labbaika would also be released.
Other than arrangements like security, water, food, accommodation and airport transfer, etc., a team of doctors would also address their health issues.
�Keeping in mind the goof-ups at different points of transit, we request the authorities concerned to address the issues beforehand for a hassle-free trip,� he mentioned.
A Haj fair would also be organised in congruence with the event at Haji Musafirkhana from August 19 to 31, where different items, including apparels, furniture and food, would be exhibited. Stalls from Bangladesh would exhibit the melamine utensils.