Traffic to be diverted for palkhi processions
Some main roads in the Pune and in Pimpri-Chinchwad will be closed for vehicular movement for accommodating the annual palkhi processions of Sant Tukaram Maharaj and Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj. Both the palkhis will be arriving in the city tomorrow and will be leaving for Pandharpur on Friday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhre said that vehicular traffic would be diverted to other roads. Parking of vehicles on palkhi routes will be prohibited. For trucks and other vehicles moving along with the palkhis, the traffic branch has suggested alternative routes. Pandhare appealed to all the commercial establishments and educational institutions to reschedule their timings during the procession in their respective areas.
Around 600 police personnel, 35 police sub-inspectors, 15 police inspectors, two assistant commissioners of police and a deputy commissioner of police would be pressed into action to manage traffic, so that the processions are carried out peacefully.
Apart from the traffic police, there will be adequate police bandobast on the roads. In addition, a few Crime Branch officials, in plain clothes, would be keeping vigil on chain-snatchers, as there is a possibility that they might target old women, who have participated in the procession in large numbers.
Sant Tukaram’s palkhi left the Inamdar Wada in the temple town of Dehu yesterday and will be covering the Pune-Mumbai highway via Dehu Road, Nigadi octroi post, Tilak Junction, Tilak Road, the road behind St Ursula School and Dattawadi and halt at the Vitthal temple in Akurdi today. Tomorrow, the palkhi will take a temporary halt at Sant Tukaramnagar in Pimpri, followed by an overnight halt at Nivdungya Vithoba temple in Nana Peth.
Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi will also halt at the Vithoba temple in Bhavani Peth. The common route for palkhis’ departure, on Friday, will be from Mariaai Gate to Engineering College Chowk, Sancheti Chowk, Simla Office Chowk, Veer Chapekar Chowk, Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk, Tukaram Paduka Chowk, Goodluck Chowk, Tilak Chowk, Khandujibaba Chowk, Vijay theatre Chowk, Hamjekhan Chowk, Dulya Maruti Chowk and Nana Peth.