Number of Haj Pilgrims from Bengal to be Halved in 2021 Due to Pandemic
The number of Haj pilgrims from the state will be halved next year due to the COVID-19
pandemic, a senior member of the West Bengal State Haj Committee said on Wednesday.The cost of the Haj pilgrimage next year will rise due to the COVID-19 safety protocols, he said.The state Haj committee has received 1,100 applications since November 10 from people living in different districts of the state expressing interest to go on a Haj pilgrimage in 2021, he said. "The situation is grim and travelling is quite a challenging thing amid this COVID-19 pandemic. This time we will only be allowed only 3,500 to 4,000 pilgrims to go on Haj in 2021. The cost of individual pilgrims will also be increased owing to the COVID-19 safety protocols," the member of the state committee told PTI.