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Haj firms \ unable\ to pay for power meters.

Haj companies serving domestic pilgrims are finding it difficult to bear the cost of installing new electricity meters in Mina due to a lack of financial liquidity.

Previously, the leasing party of the camps paid the charges for installing the meters during the Haj season, while the pilgrimage firms bore the cost of electricity consumption, reported Arab News.

Jamal Shaqdar, secretary-general of the Coordination Council for Domestic Haj Service Firms, told local media that domestic pilgrimage companies are facing a crisis because they have been told to bear the cost of the meters.

"New electricity meters are being installed for eight boxes at Mina provided by the electricity company to increase the power capacity by about 30 percent," he said.

Meanwhile, around 90 employees of domestic Haj service firms and organizations attended a workshop last week to tackle the issue of rising temperatures.

The participants discussed 13 measures to avoid the negative effects caused by the intense summer heat during the Haj season, and 11 recommendations were made to mitigate the effects of the high temperatures.

Adel Al-Ansari presented a new technology for cooling the open spaces a technique using oxygen air conditioning. He gave a briefing on the details and advantages of using this technique.

At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants gave a number of suggestions to cope with the rising temperatures, notably allowing Haj firms to provide generators to run air conditioners, and changing the construction of the tents with heat-reflective materials.

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Date:Aug 21, 2016
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