Khadakwasla (Pune); Leading News Service: Sinhagad, Rajgad along with the remote Tornagad were full of tourists on Sunday. There were queues of vehicles on Sinhagad Ghat road since morning. It has been reported that 1960 two-wheelers and 495 four-wheelers have come to the fort during the day, and the forest department has collected a toll of Rs 1.5 lakh from the tourists.
The rain had stopped for some time. However, there was fog and occasional drizzle. The stalls of Kandabhaji and Jhunkabakari were also full. Tourists enjoyed the holiday amid chilly winds, occasional thick fog and drizzle. The parking lot on the fort was full and queues of vehicles formed on the Ghat road for a distance of three to four kilometers straight to the Kondhanpur fork, so the Ghat road was closed in stages from afternoon.
Thousands of tourists were forced to retreat from the Donje and Kondhanpur forks due to the fort being overcrowded. More than fifteen to twenty thousand tourists visited the fort during the day. More than thirty security guards were running from Donje-Golewadi bridge to Kondhanpur bridge from morning to late evening. A picture of queues of vehicles was seen on Ghat Road.
Eight thousand tourists also at Rajgad
Eight to ten thousand tourists visited the Rajgad on Sunday despite the heavy fog and drizzle. Sanjivani Machi, Padmavati Machi, Rajsadar area were thronged with tourists. Three to four thousand tourists visited Toranagad during the day. The area of the fort was full of tourists.
Traffic jam in Khadakwasla area
Fifteen policemen including Haveli Assistant Police Inspectors Nitin Nam, Ganesh Dhanve, Mahendra Chaudhary and ten security guards of Khadakwasla Water Resources Department were on the road since morning to smoothen the traffic on Pune-Panshet road. Due to the increase in the number of vehicles going from Sinhagad, Panshet to Pune, there were queues of vehicles from Khadakwasla Dam Chowpatty to Gorhe Budruk to Kirkatwadi, Nanded Phata from evening.
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