Rubath demolitions: Saudi may compensate

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Hyderabad: The HEH Nizam Awqaaf is holding talks with Saudi Arabia government to get buildings as compensation, many of its properties were acquired by the Saudi government during the expansion works at Makkah and Madinah.

During the expansion works in holy cities of Makkah and Madina, the Saudi Arabia government had demolished several buildings including the properties which were part of the ‘Rubath’. The ‘Rubath’ buildings are guest houses constructed by the Nizams to accommodate pilgrims going for Haj and Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Faiz Khan, GPA for the Nizam of Hyderabad told ‘Telangana Today’ that efforts were on by the Nizam Awqaaf and the Nazir of HEH Nizam Rubath in Saudi Arabia. “Already the process of identifying the buildings is in progress in Makkah and Madina. The Saudi government has been asked to give buildings at the earliest. There is a rule that for property acquisition compensation is given only in the form of property and not money,” said Khan.

As of now, the Nizam Auqaaf has three buildings in Makkah, where pilgrims are accommodated during Haj and Umrah pilgrimage free of cost. In Madina, all the buildings were acquired by the Saudi government during the expansion works.

“On our recent visit to Madina, we went to a 200-bed hospital which is not in use and have asked for it. Our legal team is following up the case there,” he said.

Meanwhile, the draw of lots for accommodation of Haj pilgrims at ‘Rubath’ was held on Saturday at the Chowmahalla Palace. Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Chairman Awqaaf Committee – Syed Khairuddin Ali Khan and others were present.

A total of 1,098 persons hailing from various places in the erstwhile Nizam State were selected through a draw of lots and they will get free accommodation. “Each person will save roughly Rs 50,000 which they otherwise pay to the State Haj Committee for accommodation,” said Khairuddin Ali Khan.

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