In the heart of Pune, right next to the famous Shaniwar Wada lies the earliest settlement of the city. This settlement is Kasba Peth, which was first established back in the 5th century and today it is a historically significant part of the city which is in a state of decay. Kasba Peth once had the wadas of the most influential people of the city. Lal Mahal, the fortified residence of Shivaji, is also located in Kasba Peth.
The city has taken some efforts to modernize and improve the condition of the wadas in Kasba Peth. Some of the some wadas are being demolished as residents demand modern houses and a few other wadas are falling apart of old age. I only hope that the historic and the aesthetic features of this old settlement is preserved in its future developments.