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Separate tawaf lane planned for the handicapped

A 12-meter wide lane to be used by the handicapped people is being built in the Grand Mosque.

By Tariq Ath Thqafi / 26 Apr 2013

A 12-meter wide lane to be used by the handicapped people is being built in the Grand Mosque.

The General Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said the lane will enable the wheelchair-bound to perform tawaf (circumambulation of the Kaaba), without mingling with other worshippers.

It will have a circular shape next to the old lane, and will be circumscribing the middle yard of the mosque.

Ahmad Al Mansuri, spokesman for the General Presidency, said that since the holy month of Ramadan is approaching, the contractor has doubled efforts to complete expansion of the tawaf yard.

He said the first phase of the project is almost complete, together with major work done on the columns in the basement.

“The contractor is racing against time to finish the first floor for ‘tawaf’ before the arrival of Ramadan. It will accommodate larger numbers of worshippers. The north lane is really a bottleneck, which severely restricts its capacity. We hope that the floor close to the roof will be finished before this year’s Haj season,”he said. “There is a temporary ‘tawaf’ lane, one in the basement, and the other on the first floor, and this will be dedicated to the handicapped people,” he added.

 

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