Pune: As the Sant Tukaram Maharaj and Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhis will be reaching Wakdewadi on Sunday, the city traffic police have suggested traffic diversions for commuters as traffic on some major and internal roads will be closed and diverted for the palkhi processions.
The Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi will leave Akurdi on Sunday morning and pass through Khandoba Mall, Pune-Mumbai Old Highway, Nashik Phata, Dapodi, Khadki and Shivajinagar till Engineering College Chowk. The highway stretch will therefore remain closed in phases from 4 am in the morning till the palkhi reaches Nivdunga Vithoba Temple in Nana Peth.
The traffic police have advised use of internal roads and Aundh Road for commuting and avoiding the old Pune-MumbaiHighway.
The Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi will leave on Sunday morning from Alandi Road and pass through Dighi Magazine Depot, Kalas Odha, Chandrama Chowk and Sadalbaba Junction towards Sangamwadi. The roads which will be closed are Dighi Magazine Depot to Alandi, Vadmukhwadi to Alandi Road-Panjarpol Chowk, Bhosari, Kalas Phata to Alandi, Vishrantwadi to Alandi Road Junction, Sadalbaba Dargah to Patil Estate Road, Chandrama Chowk to Alandi Road, Holkar Bridge to Chandrama Chowk and Sapras Chowky.
As the Palkhi progresses from this routes the roads will be closed in phases from 3 am in the morning till the Palkhi reaches Vithoba Temple in Bhavani Peth. Traffic police said that commuters can use Bhosari-Nashik Road, Chakan MIDC Road, Jail Road and internal road to reach their desired destination and avoid the palkhi route.
Both Palkhis together
The two palkhis will converge at Patil Estate Chowk on the Pune-Mumbai Highway. Thereafter, the two palkhis will follow each other while passing through Patil Estate Chowk to Engineering College Chowk, Sancheti Chowk, Simla Office Chowk, Veer Chapekar Chowk and go via Fergusson College Road from Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk, Tukaram Paduka Chowk, Khandujibaba Chowk, Tilak Chowk, Vijay Theatre Chowk (Laxmi Road), Sevasadan Chowk, Belbaug Chowk, Budhwar Chowk, Pasodya Vithoba Temple, Moti Chowk, Sonya Maruti Chowk, Dulya Maruti Chowk and Nana Peth Chowky. Traffic will be closed for commuters while both the palkhis are passing through the designated route. Traffic police will closed the road from 12 noon till the Palkhi reaches its destination.
The Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi will halt at Nivdunga Vithoba Temple in Nana Peth and the Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi will halt at Palkhi Vithoba Temple in Bhavani Peth on Thursday. The traffic will be diverted and parking on the procession route will be banned.