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Enhancing Traffic Flow: Harnessing SocialMedia and Mobile Apps for Palkhi Processions.

The Pune city traffic police have announced innovative measures to ensure a smooth traffic flow during the annual Palkhi processions on June 12 and 13. Leveraging the power of social media and mobile phone technology, they will live-stream updates on Twitter and provide a tracker system through the My Safe App. These initiatives aim to minimize traffic issues and inform citizens in real-time.

DCP (Traffic) Vijaykumar Magar shared these details during a press conference, emphasizing the joint efforts of Pune City Police, Traffic Police, and the support of a
dedicated control room. Around 60 traffic police officials and over 900 volunteers and cops will be deployed to maintain law and order and ensure security
during the processions.

The traffic police will closely monitor major squares in the city, such as Ahmednagar Road, Vimantal-Raj. Bhavan Road, Pune Vidyapeeth Road, Magarpatta to
Kharadi Road, Kondhwa Road, Katraj Road, Shivaji Nagar Road, and Alka Theater Chowk. Special attention will be given to these areas to facilitate smooth traffic
movement during the wari processions.

To enhance public convenience, a GPS tracking system will be installed, allowing citizens to track the exact Location of the Palkhi procession using the My Safe App.
This real-time information will enable individuals to plan travel accordingly and avoid congested areas. The traffic management plan also includes the
strategic use of ropes and a public announcement system. Lanes along the Wari route will be barricaded, ensuring traffic flows smoothly after the procession
passes through.

To facilitate an uninterrupted wari route, the traffic police have requested the temporary removal of barricades by MahaMetro and the Pune Municipal Corporation’s assistance in repairing potholes on roads and footpaths. Metro works in the Shivajinagar area and along the Wari; the route has been halted until the processions leave the city.

The processions will commence on June 10, with the sadguru Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi arriving at Itthal Mandir, Akurdi, from Inamdar Wada in Dehu on
June 11. Simultaneously, the Shri Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi will stay at Gandhiwada, Alandi. Both palanquins will depart for Pune on June 12, attracting a significant influx of devotees and resulting in heavy traffic flow. A diversion plan will be implemented, and the Pimpri-Chinchwad police have urged citizens to
cooperate and disseminate information about the diverted routes among motorists.

By working together, the authorities and the public aim to ensure the smooth conduct of the Palkhi processions while minimizing inconvenience for both participants and commuters. Citizens are encouraged to follow the official Twitter handle @CPPunecity for live traffic updates and utilize the My Safe App for real-time tracking of the processions.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken up the responsibility of providing portable toilets, cleaning them, establishing separate women’s changing rooms, and
providing sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators for waste management. An approximately Rs 60 lakh provision has been made in the annual
budget to carry out the work. This year, 1,290 portable toilets will be provided on the first day. On the second day, 1,290 portable toilets, and on the third,
there will be 513 such toilets. This year, 1,290 portable toilets will be available on the first day. On the second day, another 1,290 portable toilets will be
provided. Finally, on the third day, the number of portable toilets will be reduced to 513.

A total of 3,093 portable toilets will be made available during the event. Public toilets near bus depots and common toilets will also be accessible. To cater to the needs of women, 5,000 sanitary pads will be provided by health centers in Hadapsar. Rupali Chakankar, the State Women’s Commission chairperson, emphasized the importance of sanitary pads during the month-long Palkhi pilgrimage, with health centers available every 12 to 15 kilometers for emergencies.

In a planning meeting led by the chief minister, discussions occurred with top police officers, collectors, and the guardian minister regarding the demand for women’s safety and hygiene. The first women’s changing room will be inaugurated on June 10
at Vithoba Mandir in Kasba to ensure equal hygiene standards for women and men throughout the Wari pilgrimage. The tradition of Pandharpur Wari spans 700
to 800 years, attracting numerous pilgrims who join the procession (Dindi) and walk along the Palkhi from their respective shrines, carrying the Paduka.

This year, the Palkhi processions of Saint Dnyaneshwar and Saint Tukaram will commence from Pune to Andharpur. The Warkaris, participants in the pilgrimage, will stay in Pune from June 12 to 14. Each Dindi, or group, consists of approximately 60 to 70 pilgrims. The journey spans 21 days, highlighting—the significance of sanitation and health measures. The following measures will be taken to ensure proper cleanliness and sanitation: Roads will be cleaned and maintained. Efforts will be made to prevent stray dogs from roaming
on the roads near the Palkhi route.

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