In an effort to facilitate the movement of devotees to Pandharpur, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for four-laning of five sections of Shri Sant Dnyaneshawar Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965) and three sections of Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965G) on November 8, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
As per the PMO, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone via video conferencing. Dedicated walkways for 'Palkhi' will be constructed on either side of these National Highways, providing hassle-free and safe passage to devotees.
About 221 km of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi Marg from Diveghat to Mohol and about 130 Km of Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg from Patas to Tondale-Bondale, will be four-laned with dedicated walkways for 'Palkhi' on either side, at estimated costs of more than Rs 6,690 crore and about Rs 4,400 crore respectively.
During the event, the Indian PM will also dedicate to the nation more than 223 Km of completed and upgraded road projects, constructed with an estimated cost of over Rs 1180 crore at different National Highways for boosting connectivity to Pandharpur.
These projects include Mhaswad-Piliv-Pandharpur (NH 548E), Kurduwadi-Pandharpur (NH 965C), Pandharpur-Sangola (NH 965C), Tembhurni-Pandharpur section of NH 561A, and Pandharpur-Mangalwedha-Umadi section of NH 561A, the PMO statement reveals.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will also be present on the occasion.