MAKKAH: Work on dismantling the temporary Mataf bridge began while ensuring all safety measures at the Grand Mosque here on Sunday.
The work will be carried out around the clock to meet the deadline of Ramadan, an official was quoted as saying by local media on Sunday. 
“The temporary bridge will be dismantled by Shabaan 20, 1437 A.H. (about 10 days before Ramadan month begins),” said Faisal Wafa, head of the Mataf Technical Committee in Umm Al Qura University. 
“The mosque’s security, civil defense, Umm Al-Qura Technical Committee and the project contractor are coordinating with each other to ensure total safety.”

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, said in a statement that the temporary bridge is not needed now because the Mataf expansion project has been completed.
Al-Sudais urged the elderly people and the handicapped who rely on wheelchairs to use the alternative track of the Mataf bridge and follow guidelines and instructions with regard to entry and exit.