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The Shaky ‘Wadas’ Of Pune have become a Threat to its Occupants

The PMC has served notices to 120 Wadas asking the occupants to evacuate so that they can demolish the structures

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  • The wadas were built during the reign of the Maratha Empire
  • These wadas have become an obstruction in the city’s attempt to transform itself into a ‘smart’ city
  • To move forward with their plans, the PMC has begun issuing notices in newspapers urging occupants to vacate these wadas

The iconic wadas of Pune, which once stood strong as the pillars of Pune’s rich culture and heritage are in a perilous condition and have become a threat to its occupants.

History is deeply rooted in them. These structures were built during the reign of the Maratha Empire.  The wada system established is known today as the peth area. Starting from Kasba peth, you walk down the roads to come across the other peths, Shaniwar, Shukrawar, Narayan, Budhwar, Sadashiv, and few others. Today, in most of these peth areas, the wadas have been brought down. In their place ,huge towers have been erected, said the Hindu report.

Wadas.Image Source:The Times Of India

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With the city rapidly changing, these wadas have become an obstruction in the city’s attempt to transform itself into a ‘smart’ city.

For the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the perils are more immediate; each year, the looming monsoon poses a threat to the structures.

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Wadas in Pune.Image Source:Stock Pictures

“These structures are in a dangerous condition. So far, we have served notices to 120 of them asking occupants to evacuate so that we can demolish the structures,” says Bipin Shinde, Deputy Engineer, PMC to The Hindu.

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But the occupants refuse to cooperate with the PMC. The poor conditions of the wadas do not disappoint them. They have lived for generations in these wadas and have a strong attachment to them. Nostalgia keeps them within these weak walls. The architecture is another factor that keeps them bound. The unique bhuyar (an underground escape route) present in the wadas are not to be found in the modern apartments, said The Hindu report.

To move forward with their plans, the PMC has begun issuing notices in newspapers urging occupants to vacate these wadas. They have also stated that the civic body will not be responsible if the citizens do not heed the notices.

-prepared by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Developing a city as smart city is one part but on the other hand preserving these wadas as heritage is also of great importance. They have been built almost 100 years back and hence should be preserved with high maintenance.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Wadas will remain cultural heritage when they will be repaired and renovated otherwise they can cause damage and fatal injuries to the occupants.

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The archaeologists are mapping the sites to determine the significance of the remains beneath and how best to protect them.

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Britain’s hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the archaeological sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said Wednesday.

Cropmarks — patterns of shading in crops and grass seen most clearly from the air — form faster in hot weather as the fields dry out, making this summer’s heat wave ideal for discovering such sites.

Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest.

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“We’ve discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England’s history,” said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.

“Each new site is interesting in itself, but the fact we’re finding so many sites over such a large area is filling in a lot of gaps in knowledge about how people lived and farmed and managed the landscape in the past,” he said.

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The archaeologists are mapping the sites to determine the significance of the remains beneath and how best to protect them. While some may be significant enough to merit national protection from development, local authorities or farmers may be left to decide what to do at other sites.

“We’ll hopefully get the help of farmers to help protect some of these undesignated sites,” Grady said. (VOA)