By Andy Sambidge
Governor says action needed to deal with congestion issues in holy city.
A new 10-year plan is being devised to tackle growing traffic problems in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia, officials have said.
Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has called for a radical shake-up to deal with congestion issues, especially during the peak hajj and Ramadan seasons.
“An immediate study must be conducted to find radical solutions to the traffic and pedestrian congestion in Makkah and other holy sites,” the governor said in comments published by Arab News on Monday.
“The study must include modern solutions for the entry and exit of vehicles to and from the central region of Makkah in order to facilitate the movement of pilgrims. It should also propose the best means of transport that serve the purpose,” he told the paper.
The study is to be completed by August 10 and will include a time frame to implement the plan within the next 10 years, the paper added.
The meeting comes ahead of the opening of the SR6.7bn Makkah Metro project this hajj season, which is expected to spare the holy city from the influx of 50,000 cars.