India, June 9 -- Ahead of the Sant Tukaram Maharaj and Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj palkhi processions in the city, the state public health department will set up 258 Aapla Dawakhanas (health clinics) both temporary and permanent every five kilometres of distance.

The facilities will be available starting from Pune to Solapur and even the day after the Ashadi Ekadashi Wari 2024, said officials.

Dr Radhkishan Pawar, deputy director of health services, Pune region, informed the preparations and planning are completed and the setups will be ready before the arrival of the palkhi procession on June 30.

"To cater the serious patients there will be 87 ICU beds available at 32 locations on the Palkhi route. A total of 707 ambulances of '108' serv...