The city of Pune is all set to welcome the age-old tradition of the Palkhi procession. The procession will enter Pune on Saturday. As the city will witness a sea of devotees along with Palkhis of Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram, the district administration and Pune police are geared up to make sure that the Palkhis get smooth access into the city.
When the Palkhis of Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram would arrive in Pune on Saturday and leave by Monday, the district administration would provide for all the necessary services, including 10 cylinders per Dindi, free local phone calls for the Warkaris, medical aide through 33 medic squads, adequate drinking water and sanitation facility.
District collector Saurabh Rao informed media persons that every possible care has been taken so that the Palakhis travel through the Pune district without any incident. He said that 28 CCTVs have been installed in the PCMC areas while 16 cameras have been installed in PMC limits. Besides, four mobile vans of a mobile company would provide free local phone calls for the Warkaris. The PWD, irrigation and all the departments concerned have been asked to provide necessary services for smooth and incident-free pilgrimage from the city of Pune.
* There will be 33 medical teams, 70 water tankers, 2,000 police personnel and 44 CCTVs.
* Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) will provide an ambulance
* Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) will provide an ambulance dedicated to Warkaris throughout the state. Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) is the company that will be looking after this initiative on behalf of MEMS. If there is a medical emergency, the Warkaris can access the ambulance by calling the number 108.
* Pune's division of Red Swastika Society to provide free medical help
* A medical team comprising of Santosh Rajguru, Dr Jyoti Vaidya and others will leave Pune along with the Warkaris on June 23 and will be with them till July 9 when the Palkhi reaches Pandharpur.
While the Warkaris will be in the city, a mobile service providing company will be starting a mobile bus service Warkaris to stay in touch with their loved ones throughout the Dindi from tomorrow.