JEDDAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority approved plans and studies to build service tunnels linking Arafat and Jamarat in Mina via Muzdalifah, and tunnels linking Jamarat with the courtyards of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Samaa reported.
The meeting was chaired by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, at the governorate office in Jeddah, Saudi Gazette reported.
The plans and studies will be presented to King Salman for final approval and execution on a time-bound basis.
The plans also include construction of residential towers on the mountain slope of Mina in a way not violating the sanctity of the Holy Site.
A total of six towers have already been constructed in Mina and these have the capacity to accommodate around 12,000 pilgrims.
The studies also recommended developing the tents in Arafat and making more facilities and arrangements for the stay of pilgrims in Muzdalifah. There are also plans for boosting means of transportation in between the Holy Sites and between Holy Sites and the Grand Mosque.