With more than 500 Haj pilgrims stuck in Saudi Arabia, the Madhya Pradesh State Haj Committee has demanded shelving of contract with Air India.
"This is not for the first time that the schedule given by Air India has gone with the winds. We have been waiting here for two days to receive our relatives and not getting proper information from Haj Committee office," said Mohd Rizwan, who had come from Vidisha to receive his relatives.
Constant delay of flights burn deep hole in our pocket, added Rizwan. He had been staying along with three relatives in Bhopal to welcome his relatives coming after performing Haj. He is not the only one facing this situation.
"According the schedule given by Haj Committee, my mother should reached by now," said Shamim. There are about 500 Haj pilgrims from Bhopal and around who haven't come back till date due to mismanagement of flights. Chairman of MP Haj Committee, Inayat Ali agrees when told about plight of Haj pilgrims.
"I have come to know that more than 8,000 passengers including some from Madhya Pradesh are stuck in Saudi Arabia due to mismanagement of flights and careless attitude of Air India," said Inayat Ali.
Ali said that this has been the trend for last several years. Air India comes up with big promises every year. It assures of quality service and then falters.
"I have written letters to officials of ministry of foreign affairs, aviation and Central Haj Committee and communicated to them in stern language that global tenders for flights should be called and proper services should be ensured," said Ali.
Ali said he would try to bring change before next year. Samajwadi party Rajya Sabha member from Vidisha, Munnawar Salim had also brought plight of Haj pilgrims from MP to notice of Central Haj Committee and union government last week.