SRINAGAR: The Haj House at Bemina will be hosting weddings from next week.
Jammu and Kashmir State Haj Committee will open the house, constructed to provide better facilities to pilgrims during Haj season, for hosting social gatherings like marriages from August.
Officials said that the move was aimed at generating finance to meet the expenses on upgrading and maintaining the facilities for Haj pilgrims.
Haj and Auqaf minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri confirmed to Kashmir Reader that the government has decided to use Haj House as a marriage hall to generate revenues.
“All the modern day facilities will be provided to ensure people are comfortable. However, government has yet to decide on many important things,” he said.
The prestigious Haj House was constructed by former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for providing better comforts to the intending Haj pilgrims besides managing the affairs relating to the sacred pilgrimage.
The idea to use the house as a marriage hall was first mooted by Omar Abdullah in 2014, when he was the chief minister.
The house which remains unused after Haj period will make an outstanding spot owing to its huge infrastructure and space.
Fayaz Ahmad Lone, an official managing the house, said that they would customize services as per demands by customers..
“The Haj House has spacious halls with huge residential block. It will be furnished with every facility and will work round the clock,” he said.
Residents of the area have hailed the move.
“Haj House remains idle after Haj period, it is better to set up a marriage hall for the convenience of people,” said a resident of Bemina.