Saudi: Construction of holy site tunnels approved

Plans to build tunnels connecting holy sites to Grand Mosque approved along with construction of residential towers in Mina

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Construction of tunnels connecting holy sites to the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia approved.

The Makkah Region Development Authority authorised plans and studies to build service tunnels linking Arafat and Jamarat in Mina via Muzdalifah, and tunnels linking Jamarat with the courtyards of the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

A meeting was chaired by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, at the governorate office in Jeddah.

The plans and studies will be presented to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for final approval and execution on a time-bound basis, reported the Saudi Gazette.

The plans also include construction of residential towers on the mountain slope of Mina in a way not violating the sanctity of the site.

A total of six towers have already been constructed in Mina and these have the capacity to accommodate around 12,000 pilgrims.

There are also plans for boosting means of transportation in between the Holy Sites and between Holy Sites and the Grand Mosque.

The meeting also discussed the plan, prepared by Jeddah Municipality, to develop the southern neighbourhoods of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport.

In the meeting it also decided to organise a forum to attract investments to Makkah, as well as to encourage the private sector to take part in implementing development projects in the region.

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