The Hyderabad Airport administration has clarified that Haj pilgrims will depart from the same terminal as general passengers.
Four special counters have been designated for their use in the international terminal to ensure their convenience. It is important to note that there will not be a separate Haj Terminal at the Hyderabad Airport.
Hyderabad Airport Haj Terminal
The recent decision has led to disappointment among Haj pilgrims. Last year, the dedicated Haj terminal was unavailable due to ongoing expansion work at the Hyderabad international airport.
However, even for Haj 2023, pilgrims will not have a separate terminal for departure. Instead, they will be accommodated alongside international passengers.
Since the formation of Telangana, the Muslim population in the state has increased, but there have been instances of injustice and neglect towards them.
Prior to the formation of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao had made a promise of 12 percent reservation for Muslims. His party, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, had even sought legal protection for the Lanco Hills land against illegal occupation.
Former MLC Mohammad Mahmood Ali, who currently serves as the state home minister, had also pledged to construct a mosque in the parking lot of Shamsabad International Airport.
However, following the establishment of Telangana, the ruling BRS government has laid claim to the disputed land of Lanco Hills as state Revenue Department property, disregarding the authority of the Waqf Board.
Likewise, the proposed mosque in the parking lot of Shamsabad Airport was never built, and the dedicated Haj terminal that was established in 2008 has been abolished.
Since the formation of Telangana, various special facilities that were previously provided to Muslims in different parts of the state have gradually been eliminated.
The lack of response from the state government and relevant institutions only strengthens the perception that the BRS government is becoming increasingly distant from the Muslim community.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao lacks interest in minority institutions, particularly the Haj Committee. His last visit to the Haj House as Chief Minister was in 2017 when he bid farewell to a group of pilgrims before the state assembly elections in 2018.
He is expected to make another appearance to see off the pilgrims this year. Especially considering the possibility of upcoming elections to the Telangana State Assembly.
During their respective tenures, former Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Dr. K. Rosaiah, and Kiran Kumar Reddy used to visit the Haj House every year. Before the formation of Telangana, in order to bid farewell to the pilgrims.
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