'It will be a revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly decision,' the Minister said.The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai & Jeddah by waterways existed earlier, but was stopped from 1995.Officials from both the countries will discuss on all formalities and technicalities, so that Haj through sea route can be re-started in the coming years, Mr Naqvi said.
The Union Minister also said that for the first time, Muslim women from India will go to Haj without 'Mehram' (male companion). 'Separate accommodation and transport has been arranged for these women Haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and women 'Haj Assistant' will be deployed for their assistance,' Mr Naqvi added. According to India's new Haj policy, women above 45 years of age, who don't have Mehram, are allowed to travel for Haj, in groups of women. (UNI)