Proposal to build on Mina mountains in KSA
State-owned firm to be created to develop Mina infrastructure
A proposal has been put forward by the Haj Ministry to create a state-owned company to construct multi-storey buildings on Mina mountains to house more pilgrims in the tent city during Haj.
Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar said theplan has been presented to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif, chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, which includes a mechanism to finance the project, according to Arab News.
Hajjar proposed a fully government-owned company, which would be established on the basis of a Cabinet decision, in order to develop holy sites and construct residential buildings on Mina mountains.
“The huge company will have subsidiaries for leasing and maintenance,” the minister said.
He added that financing can be attained through either public funds or commercial banks.
It is hoped the formation of such a company would go a long way to solving many existing problems surrounding air conditioning, water and electricity supply and sewage services.
Hajjar said the buildings would be constructed in Mina following the conditions set by the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars and the development plan for holy sites.
Mohammed Badahdah, assistant secretary-general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, said it would speed up the construction of buildings in Mina.
“I hope the government will establish the company quickly to embark on construction work in order to help millions of Muslims around the world fulfill their dream of performing Haj without delay,” he said.
“There are more than 1.5bn Muslims in the world. A good number of them intend to perform Haj every year, but we cannot accommodate them due to the shortage of space at the holy sites and ongoing expansion work at the Grand Mosque in Makkah,” he told Arab News.
He said that Islamic scholars have already approved construction of buildings in Mina to accommodate growing numbers of pilgrims. “They have already constructed buildings on Mina mountains on an experimental basis. The new company will be able to construct more buildings within a short period.”