R. A. S. (Reserved Accommodation Scheme)
As per Saudi Regulations, accommodation has to be arranged for the Pilgrims in advance through the Consulate General of India, Jeddah. The approach to majority of buildings is through elevation roads due to the topography of Makkah. The space entitlement per Pilgrim is 4 sq. meters. The following categories are envisaged for Haj 1434 (H) 2013. The Pilgrims are required to indicate their option in the Haj Application Form. The option once exercised shall be final and irrevocable.
Accommodation categories summarized as under:
# Transport facility is not available for Green category, Normally buildings of Green category are located from 800 meters and upto 1500 meters from outer periphery of Haram Shareif.
* Accomodation categories in Makkah
NOTE :The category indicates:
(i) Distance from outer periphery of Haram sharief (not Kaba) in Makkah.
(ii) No special quality/facilities in the buildings in Makkah.
(Iii) No preferential treatment during the stay in Madinah Munawwarah and Mina / Arafat / Muzdalifa during Haj days.
However, in case of non-availability of accommodation units in above mentioned two categories, accommodation can be hired in altogether new category and allotted to the Pilgrims against any of the two categories opted.
Qurrah for accommodation (if required):
The allotment of accommodation will depend upon the availability of units in a particular category. In case there are more applications for a particular category than the units available, allotment shall be made through Qurrah on the basis of actual availability in each category (especially in Green Category). The remaining Pilgrims shall be accommodated in the next category available. The rentals shall be charged only in accordance with the category allotted to them.
The accommodation hired in holy cities bears the facilities as prescribed by the Saudi Arabian Regulations. The space entitlement for each Pilgrim is 4 sq. meters only and each Pilgrim shall be provided with a mattress and a pillow. The rooms will be fully air-conditioned.
The supply of Zam zam to each building is by the Saudi Authorities as per their norms. Building owner's staff is responsible for maintenance and cleanliness of the premises. Gas connection shall also be provided. However, the Pilgrims have to refill the gas cylinder at their own cost once it is exhausted. The pilgrims have to share the room, kitchen, toilets and wash room facilities with other pilgrims in all categories in both Makkah and Madinah. Not more than 12 pilgrims have to share a single toilet and not more than 30 pilgrims have to share a single kitchen.
As per the Saudi Arabian Rules, elevators are provided only in the buildings having more than four storeys. Although it has been decided to hire the building with lift facility only, some of the Pilgrims may be required to stay in second, third or fourth storey with no lift facility. It is, therefore, advisable that Pilgrims suffering from serious ailments or physical disabilities or in advanced age should not seek to perform Haj as it will be difficult for the Haj Officials at Makkah Mukarrama to make adjustments for accommodation to suit the special needs of such Pilgrims.
The Haj Committee of India wants to accommodate all the aged Pilgrims on the ground or first floor. But the aged pilgrims and their young companions do not like to be separated from each other. As a result, a lot of aged Pilgrims may get accommodation in upper floors.
Accommodation in Mina:
Mina is a valley with limited space and pilgrims have to share their living space with many others inside large tents. Pilgrims have to stay in Mina for 5 days and each Moallim accommodates around 5000 pilgrims in his tents.
Space is extremely scarce in Mina and pilgrims are advised to carry only essential baggage with them. Relatives of pilgrims living in Saudi Arabia would like to accompany pilgrims coming through Haj Committee of India and staying in tents meant for pilgrims of Haj Committee of India. However this is not permitted and is against the local law.
C) Exempted Category:
Pilgrim desirous of staying in any of the Indian Rubats shall obtain an allotment letter issued by concerned Rubat authorities and submit it to the State Haj Committee of India on or before 20the June, 2013. The allotment letter received after the last date shall not be entertained and the Pilgrim shall be booked under Reserved Accommodation Scheme (R.A.S.) for which rental shall be charged from the Pilgrim.
The Rubat Authorities will issue the allotment letter as per their authorized capacity as confirmed to Haj Committee of India by the Consulate General of India, Jeddah. In case of any delay on the part of Rubat Authorities, the Haj Committee of India shall not be responsible and the Pilgrims will be booked under R.A.S.