By ARAB NEWS
MAKKAH: Traffic authorities are exploring the prospect of introducing a Haj crowd control model for Umrah pilgrims.
Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al-Ajlan, director general of traffic, said: “A study is under way with regard to facilitating the movement of groups of Umrah pilgrims from their accommodation to the Haram. The plan, which is aimed at easing the heavy rush during the peak of the Umrah season, could be implemented in the same manner as the Haj crowd control system.”
He said the system would be implemented in the future if it was deemed a feasible solution in the study.
Speaking to Al-Madinah Arabic daily, the traffic police chief said the second phase of the traffic restructuring plan in Makkah would be implemented after the forthcoming Haj.
“Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal had approved the implementation of the first phase of the plan with regard to Makkah’s arterial roads leading to the central Haram area and the holy sites,” he said, adding that this plan would be well suited to the huge number of vehicles entering the holy city during the peak Haj and Umrah seasons.