Every year, around 10 lakh pilgrims or Warkaris across Maharashtra join the Palkhi procession from Alandi and Dehu to Pandharpur.
They cover a distance of around 250 kilometres in 20 days. Every year, improper disposal of human waste leads to the environmental degradation of the areas surrounding the route of the procession. This year’s Palkhi procession is now nearing Pandharpur but the picture is different.
At least 35,000 student volunteers from five different universities under the aegis of Savitribai Phule Pune University are accompanying the warkaris and are cleaning up the villages, where the warkaris reside. The drive is being conducted under ‘Swachh Wari-Swastha Wari- Nirmal Wari- Harit Wari’ initiative by NSS students.
Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan of Maharashtra Government being implemented under Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan is also spreading the message of cleanliness amongst warkaris.
Thousands of community toilets are made available by administration and residents of villages on the route of Wari have opened there household toilets for Warkaris. (AIR NEWS)