Days before the Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi processions enter the city,the Pune police have chalked out a plan for their smooth arrival,stay and departure. Police have urged establishments to finish the days work by 3 pm on Monday to avoid traffic jams.
Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi processions are slated to begin from Dehu and Alandi on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Sant Tukaram palkhi will reach Akurdi on Sunday and will halt at Akurdi Vitthal temple. Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi will join Sant Tukaram palkhi at Wakdewadi on Monday after 4 pm.
Vishwas Pandhare,Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic control),said,We urge all the commercial establishments,schools and shops to shut down by 3 pm on Monday. People should head home before the palkhis arrive in the city.
The common route to be taken by palkhis from Monday will be Wakdewadi to Engineering college square,Sancheti chowk,Simla office chowk,Veer Chapekar chowk,Dnyaneshwar Paduka chowk,Tukaram Paduka chowk,Good Luck chowk,Khandujibaba chowk,Tilak chowk,Vijay theatre chowk,Dulya Maruti chowk and Nana Peth. The Sant Tukaram palkhi will halt at Nivdungya Vithoba temple at Nana Peth while the Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi will stop at Palkhi Vithoba temple in Bhavani Peth.
Pandhare said traffic will be diverted and parking of vehicles on the route will be prohibited.
M B Tambade,DCP (Special Branch),said,Two police cars will accompany both the palkhis during their stay in the city. Pune anti-terrorism squad,crime branch teams,anti-chain-snatching squad,Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad,quick response teams will be deployed at various places on the route. Liquor and meat shops on the route will remain closed. We have distributed pamphlets listing precautions to Dindi heads and members to avoid untoward incidents.