Haj 2023: TS Haj panel continues to push for restoration of Rubath
Deccan Chronicle.| Md Nizamuddin
TS Haj committee chairman Mohammed Saleem informed that he was pursuing the matter with officials who extend the Rubath facility. (DC File Photo)
The Nizam Rubath, which is free accommodation provided in Mecca for a select number of Hajis going through the Telangana State Haj Committee, who can save at least Rs 40,000 on the pilgrimage, remains uncertain even this year.
According to official sources, despite attempts by the TS Haj committee, which remained in touch with officials of Nizam Rubath committee, there has not been much headway on this. The last time the facility was extended was in 2019.
"In 2019 despite the fact that some buildings that provided accommodation were demolished, as part of expansion of the Holy site, the facility was provided at an alternate space, which was taken on a month’s lease by the Rubath committee," informed an official.
Following Covid, the traditional provision of Rubath took a hit. Even though Haj has been gradually eased for international pilgrims from last, the accommodation facility is yet to get revived.
TS Haj committee chairman Mohammed Saleem, who is on a visit to Saudi Arabia, informed that he was pursuing the matter with officials who extend the Rubath facility.
"I will be meeting the Rubath supervisor. The Haj Committee is in regular touch with the organisers and I am hopeful that this tradition will be restored," he told Deccan Chronicle.
With the last date for sending applications is on March 20, it has already touched 7,400. Of them, 5,000 are expected to perform Haj after getting through the screening process and drawing lots. Travel expenses through the Haj Committee this year is expected to be around Rs 3.5 lakh.