The Pune administration has directed in its first of its kind order that all the shops vending non-vegetarian foods in the route of annual Palkhi procession will remain closed in the day when Pandharpur Wari 2019 passes through. The wine shops and bars will also remain shut.
All the slaughterhouses, fish vendors, meat shops and nonveg restaurants located along the route will be following this order.
On Thursday, the district administration on Thursday took the decision to ban carnivorous food during the Pandharpur Palki procession during a meeting assembled by district collector with wari leaders.
Also, the commercial nonveg shops in the city will be closed for two days as two processions tally in the city on consecutive days and will merge on Sangamwadi bridge.
As per a media reports, The Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi from Alandi moves towards the city through Dighi, before making its way through Vishrantwadi, Bhakti-Shakti Chowk, Pimpri, Kasarwadi, and Khadi and on the other hand, Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi passes through the core of the city.
Special water arrangements have been made for the worshippers considering the drought situation in the state. According to a report, additional collector Ramesh Kale has mandated the local body water supply department to make arrangements for warkaris.
The procession will start on June 24 and 25. The devotees of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj will start their journey from Alandi, while those of Sant Tukaram Maharaj will start it from Dehu.