Al Mashaaer Metro ‘transported over one million pilgrims in 45 hours’
Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro has transported 1,087,320 pilgrims in 45 hours, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday. This covered several stages, including the Ascent, Nafrah and Stoning of Jamarat Al-Aqabah during this year’s Hajj season, as announced by the Saudi Railways Company (SAR), operator of Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro, in coordination with the Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA).
The Supervisor of Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Muhammad Fida said that the first stage of the metro trips began at 4.00 am on the 7th of Dhul Hijjah. The metro stopped at all the stations, ending service at 6.00 pm. During this period, over 16,000 pilgrims were transported between the nine stations. Fida added that in the second stage 340,035 pilgrims were transported from Mina to Arafat to spend the day with the rest of the pilgrims on Arafat plain. This stage began at 8.00 pm on Tarwiyah Day (8th of Dhul Hijjah) and ended at 11.00 am on Arafat Day.
The third stage of Al Mashaaer Metro started at 7.00 pm on Arafat Day transporting pilgrims during the Nafrah to Muzdalifah, successfully transporting some 353,000 pilgrims in sixand-a-half hours. Fida added: “As for the fourth stage, pilgrims were transported to stone the Jamarat Al Aqabah via the Jamarat station. “In this stage, we were able to exceed the target and enable 377,199 pilgrims to stone the Jamarat Al Aqabah in record time. This stage began at 1.00 am on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah and continued till 9.00 am.”
Meanwhile, spokesman of Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) Jalal Bin Abduljaleel Kaaki said that this year the MRDA hired over 15,000 employees in seasonal jobs for crowd management in Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro. Kaaki said that crowd management plans this year have contributed effectively to the success of the movement of pilgrims to the Ascent and Nafrah and to the Jamarat Complex. In this connection, the Authority provided its workers with training courses in crowd management before the onset of the Hajj season. This enabled the MRDA and the metro project to achieve the aspired goals.