Alandi Kartik Wari: Police propose week long curfew from December 8; Dhanori, Markal traffic to be diverted

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Pune: District administration and police have geared up for the Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Sanjeevan Samadhi program and Kartiki Wari in Alandi on December 8. The state government has allowed only twenty devotees (Warkari) to accompany the prestigious (manache) three dindis coming from Pandharpur. These dindis will arrive at Alandi by a state transport (ST) bus.
Meanwhile, police have proposed curtailing movement of citizens in the Bhosari Magazine Chowk to Alandi area including the adjoining villages for a week starting from December 8. The proposal has been sent to the state government which will take a decision soon.
Every year, three dindis of Shree Pandurang, Sant Namdev and Sant Pundalik, arrive at Alandi from Pandharpur along with thousands of devotees who walk along the entire route.  These devotees stay in Alandi area for a week. This year, on the backdrop of Covid-19 outbreak, the state government has asked the dindis to have a cap of 20 devotees and travel by ST buses instead of walking down the route.
The Alandi temple will be under heavy police protection in order to prevent unnecessary crowding. The roads leading to the temple – Magazine chowk in Bhosari, Dudulgaon, Chimbali junction, Chakan road, Wadgaon Road and Markal road will be entirely closed for all movement.
Traffic towards Markal industrial area will be diverted from Lonikand junction on Pune-Nagar road. Motorists heading towards Dhanori will be diverted on Charholi-Alandi bypass.
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