Lucknow, 21 May: According to Uttar Pradesh State Haj Committee head Mohsin Raza, the first batch of roughly 300 pilgrims left for Haj on Sunday from the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport here.
“The first batch of around 300 pilgrims from various parts of Uttar Pradesh left for Haj from Lucknow today. In all, 26,786 pilgrims from the state will perform Haj. This time, the state quota was set at 31,000.
However, because fewer people applied, 26,786 persons were chosen (for Haj). This year, over 75,000 people applied for Haj,” Raza stated. He further stated that around 14,000 pilgrims will go from Lucknow, with the remainder departing from Delhi.
The bus conveying pilgrims from the Uttar Pradesh Haj House to the airport was flagged off by Muslim cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, union minister Kaushal Kishore, UP’s Minister of State for Muslim Waqf, Haj, and Minority Welfare Danish Azad Ansari.
A representative for the CCSI (Chaudhary Charan Singh International) Airport stated, “This year, CCSI Airport will handle more than double the number of Haj passengers, that is around 11,500, as compared to 5,500 in 2022.” In addition, around 2,500 people from Varanasi will commute to Lucknow via the CCSIA.