Saudi Arabia's Makkah Municipality reveals Hajj 2019 preparation

Municipality assigns 23,100 workers, 13,250 cleaners, and monitoring plan for 58 tunnels and 66,935 lighting units

Saudi Arabia's Makkah Municipality is preparing for Hajj 2019.
Saudi Arabia's Makkah Municipality is preparing for Hajj 2019.

Makkah Municipality has recruited 23,100 workers to implement its Hajj programme, with Makkah Mayor, Eng Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Quwaim, stating that the authority had also procured temporary health monitors and a large fleet of equipment and machines for the holy period.

Makkah Municipality is also monitoring municipal facilities in and around the Holy City, such as roads, tunnels, lighting, and drainage networks, working with contractors to ensure high-quality service delivery.

The plan covers 58 tunnels, 39 control stations, 66,935 lighting units, 599 ventilation fans, 42 electric generators, 40 water pumps, and a high-pressure fire-extinguishing system.

Additionally, 13,250 cleaners have been assigned to Makkah, with equipment such as compressors, dumps, Bobcat equipment, and vacuum cleaners assigned to the group.

Cleaning teams will be present 24 hours a day in various shifts, with central teams also created to manage crowd control in cases of rain or fire.

Electric waste pressers and solar energy boxes are to be placed for Hajj 2019 in Makkah, and 32 surveillance cameras have been set up to ensure round-the-clock safety and security.

Makkah’s 47,832 shops – including grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, launderettes, bakeries, and barbershops – will be monitored by special teams and committees formed to ensure public health.

These teams will test food samples, confiscate damaged goods, and work with government agencies managing street vendors, pricing, water tank sterilisation, and slaughterhouses where more than 15,000 cattle will be admitted per day, according to an Arabic-language report by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency, SPA.

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