Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) will ply extra buses for warkaris and other devotees from Dehu and Alandi on the occasion of the annual Saint Dynaneshwar and Tukaram Palkhi processions, which will begin from Alandi and Dehu on July 5 and 6.
This year, there will be 110 extra buses specially for warkaris for Alandi, which will be leaving from Swargate, Hadapsar, Pune station, Nigdi, Bhosari, Hinjewadi, Chinchwad, Pimpri and PMC bus stops. The service will help devotees coming from various parts of Maharashtra to seek blessings from Lord Vitthala during the palkhi. The service is available at various locations in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad before the devotees depart for Pandharpur.
On July 9, when the devotees are scheduled to halt at Hadapsar before proceeding towards Saswad, additional bus trips have been planned to take devotees to places such as Alandi, Pune Station, Warje, Malwadi, Kothrud Depot and Nigdi.
“On July 9, due to the procession, a section of Pune-Saswad road near Diveghat will remain closed for most part of the day. The service on this route will be made operational once the route becomes available for buses, as the devotees proceed further. We will also continue to operate parallel service via Bopdev Ghat. These buses will ply from that area to Swargate, Pune Station and Hadapsar. A total of 60 additional trips have been planned on the day,” said a PMPML official.