Today, a lot of motorists will not be able to drive through or park vehicles at multiple locations, as the traffic police department has imposed parking and vehicular traffic restrictions at several locations in the city. The decision was taken perceiving that people would be on the streets on the first day of Ganeshotsav to get idols for prathisthapana (installation). Hence, a ban on parking or driving trough some areas in the city would be imposed between 6 am and 9 pm.
Some of the areas cordoned off for vehicular movement include Shivajinagar, Tilak Road, Shastri Road, Laxmi Road, Shivaji Road, Swargate and Pune railway station. Even the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses from Shivajinagar to Swargate would have to take a detour from S G Barve chowk, Jangli Maharaj Road, Tilak chowk, Laxmi Road or Tilak Road. Buses can also reach their respective destinations from Shivajinagar Court, Shahir Amar Shaikh Chowk and Nehru Road.
For larger vehicles, apart from PMPML buses, heading for Swargate from Shivajinagar would have to travel via Gadgil Statue Chowk to Shahir Amar Shaikh Chowk and Gadgil Statue Chowk to Budhwar Chowk, Appa Balwant Chowk and Kelkar Road. In addition, these vehicles would not be allowed to take left turn from Belbaug Chowk for the day.
The police have banned parking from Jijamata Chowk to Belbaug chowk and at Rameshwar Chowk on Shivaji Road. Vehicular movement would be further restricted if the need arises, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare. The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust has organised the Atharvashirsh Pathan programme for tomorrow and 21,000 women are expected to attend it. During this programme, vehicular movement on Shivaji Road, Appa Balwant Chowk and Laxmi Road would be banned or diverted as required, Pandhare said.