Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually lay the foundation stone of the ‘Palkhi Marg’ to be constructed at the cost of Rs 11,090 crore and inaugurate a newly-built highway heading towards Pandharpur on Monday.
Union road transport and highway minister Nitin Gadkari will attend the event to be held at railway ground in Pandharpur. The 220km stretch of Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi Marg — from Hadapsar-Diveghat to Mohol — will be four-laned . The 130km stretch of the Sant Tukaram Palkhi Marg from Patas to Tondale-Bondale will also be four-laned. The Palkhi routes have not been majorly altered.
The state government has allowed the authorities to reopen the Vitthal-Rukhmini temple for devotees ahead of the Kartiki Ekadashi, which falls on November 15 this year. The temple devotees will get Vitthal-Rukhmini darshan the whole day. The temple was shut for the past 20 months owing to Covid.