May 20, 2007
After experiencing a completely different kind of heavy duty traffic traveling in between the holy sites of Islam, in between Makkah and Madinah to complete Hajj rites, all I could do as a student was think to write to the Hajj embassy. Write to suggest some ideas for advancing transportation systems for the purpose of completing the Hajj on time and efficiently for all Hajji‘s. The first idea being increasing efficiency at checkpoints, where a stop can take anywhere in between 5 minutes to 5 hours, and the second being creating a train system in between Makkah and Madinah. One train car which could transport a few hundred Hajji’s from one point to another within minutes, and hundreds of thousands over a few hours, getting everyone where they need to be, and ON TIME!! However, having just about become ready to write the letter, incredibly, I found this article on Sister Danya’s site…you could only imagine how amazed and happy I was!! Subhan’Allah… Plans are underway to connect Saudi Arabia’s holy sites by monorail to facilitate transportation for Hajj pilgrims, the Arab News reported today. The $1.9 billion project involves building monorails in Makkah, Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat.
A monorail is a single rail, generally elevated, that is used as a track for passenger or freight vehicles. A key advantage is that monorails do not obstruct traffic on the ground, and they are environmentally-friendly.
The monorail proposed for the Makkah-area project would have four to eight carriages and can transport 20,000 passengers an hour – nearly 800,000 pilgrims during the Hajj. The project also includes parking facilities so that pilgrims can park their cars at the entrance of Makkah and then board the monorail.
The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the Ministry of Transport and the Higher Commission for the Development of Makkah and Madinah have all reviewed a study of the project and welcome it. The study was prepared by the International Transport Projects Company, which is now contacting Saudi authorities to obtain the appropriate license to implement the project.
The Makkah-area monorail is expected to be completed in four years. A similar project is under consideration for Madinah.
Alhamdullillah, we as Muslims are reaching for higher accomplishments.