Holiday weekend: Heavy rush on the highways, hotels at tourist sites are full
A massive traffic jam was seen on the highways as Punekars made their way to outlying stations on Thursday after the weekend holiday
PUNE A massive traffic jam was seen on the highways as Punekars headed to outlying stations on Thursday after the weekend holiday. Many vehicles were seen on the Pune-Mumbai highway; and the Pune-Kolhapur, Pune-Nashik and Pune-Solapur highways.
“We are going to Kolhapur and nearby shrines with the family for three days because of the holidays. We had to queue for 30 minutes at the Khed Shivapur naka toll gate,” said Sagar Abnawe. Traffic jams were seen on the ghat section of the Pune-Mumbai highway.
“We have deployed more personnel to highways and toll booths in anticipation of heavy traffic due to the three-day holiday,” a senior traffic police official said on condition of anonymity.
The birthday of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahavir Jayanti and Holy Thursday was celebrated on Thursday; followed by Good Friday and the weekend. Many people go on vacation to tourist places like Mahabaleshwar, Lonavla and Konkan beaches.
Ambedkar Jayati followed by Good Friday and Easter makes long holidays. With Covid restrictions now relaxed, people are flocking to tourist spots in Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala and Konkan beaches “All of our 25 rooms are booked for four days and rates have increased due to the rush. People also come from Maharashtra and other states,” said Chandrakant Pandhare, owner of a three-star hotel in Mahabaleshwar.
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