Makkah Region Development Authority reveals Hajj 2019 plan
More than 14,000 professionals and 400 machines have been mobilised for the plan covering core infrastructure projects
Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has revealed the extensive project plan it has adopted for the Holy City during the upcoming Hajj 2019 season, with several new developments carried out in line with the recommendations of the Central Hajj Committee following the conclusion of Hajj 2018.
MRDA has mobilised 14,000 professionals and 400 machines for the operational plan.
Among the projects that will be introduced during Hajj this year in Makkah are the parallel pedestrian bridge project for King Abdullah Road at Mina; the extension of Street and its link with Street 204; the establishment of three slopes at Mina Square; the construction of multi-floor residential and administrative buildings for Al-Mashaer Al Mugaddassah Metro train operators; a project to establish infrastructure around the Al-Mashaer Train stations in Muzalifah and Arafat; and the assembly and operation of 2,400 mobile restrooms in Mina.
A key priority for the authority is the supervision of the Al-Mashaer trains, expected to transport 360,000 pilgrims from Mina to Arafat, and from Arafat to Mina during Nafrah, and almost two million passengers during Tashreeq days (the 11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhu’l-Hijjah).
Additionally, maintenance and operation of projects linked with Jamarat Complex – including the days of stoning of the Jamarat – is included in MRDA’s plans, which also focuses on preparing Jamarat to receive pilgrims.
Restrooms are covered in MRDA’s plans, with 484 washroom areas comprising 30,000 toilets available for pilgrims, according to an Arabic-language report by SPA.
Another key component of MRDA’s plan covers the treatment of slaughter remnants, which will be used to produce organic fertiliser through a 10,000t plant that can treat 120t of waste every day.
The project is aimed at avoiding bad smells, bacteria, and groundwater contamination.
MRDA has also ensured 600 water stations are available for pilgrims, with MRDA supervising and maintaining these facilities. They are linked to cooling stations with a production capacity of 700m3 per hour.