Maharashtra: Warkari organizations pin their hopes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Indrayani River rejuvenation | Pune News

PUNE: Members of the warkari (a sect of pilgrims) organizations in the temple towns of Dehu and Alandi hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce a “Namami Ganges” type project for the development of the Indrayani River during his visit Tuesday.
“We will discuss the Indrayani river development plan during our interaction with the Prime Minister on Tuesday. The river ghat areas should be developed to provide necessary facilities for the warkaris of Dehu and Alandi,” Sanjay More said. , one of the trustees of the Jagadguru Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Dehu Trust, TOI said on Monday.
In 2008, warkari organizations and temple administrators had staged a ‘bhajan’ protest in front of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) seeking measures to prevent the dumping of industrial waste into the river in the Kudalwadi and Chikhali regions. The PCMC, however, did little to fix the problem, they alleged.
Ajit Kulkarni, former chief administrator of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj temple, said: “The Center has improved the annual route of the palkhi procession to Pandharpur in Solapur district. The government also needs to build proper infrastructure for the warkaris to rest along the road. , state and central governments can construct the ghats at Dehu and Alandi on the lines of Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.”
Trustees of the Dehu trust said they installed a pandal on a 5-acre plot within the boundary of the Dehu Road cantonment for the Prime Minister’s office. “We expect to see a large congregation of warkaris from across the state. The trust will provide them with food and parking facilities,” said Nitin More, the chief trustee of the Dehu trust.
After inaugurating the temple on the bank of the Indrayani River, the prime minister will visit the pandal site, which is about 2 km away, More said.
Pimpri Chinchwad Police Station has banned attendees from carrying purses, bags, water bottles, electronic gadgets or remote control vehicle keys, Deputy Police Commissioner (Traffic) Anand Bhoite said , adding: “People must also reach the function location by 1 p.m. with a valid ID.”

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