Today I want to share one of my most favorite areas of Pune City which is CAMP. For most of the people, Pune Camp is for Shopping and Eating outlets but for me it is more than that. This place has always been very fascinating and very attractive for me because of the beautiful houses of this area, if I am not wrong this was the most developed area during the British rule. Now we can only see some signs of that in the remaining elements of Camp. Since it been developed by Britishers you can see lots of British elements in exterior of house which is very much original and intact.
Right now, people who are living here have done some changes as per their choice and somewhere as per their religious beliefs, some of them for renting out their place while new shop owners are changing the building as per current Interior decoration trends ( He/She has forgotten that they already have a beautiful place). The building’s identity is vanishing but people are forgetting that they are also losing their own identity with it. If they keep the same elevation and do refinishing of the building will maintain corrector of building. It is very simple, you keep the building’s identity safe and the building in turn will keep the identity of the area intact and the area is what defines you and your status . I wouldn’t say don’t rent out the place, definitely rent out your place but make sure you lay down the terms right like the exterior should not be changed, the changes should be within the interior part only that also should be in accordance to the building. Importantly don’t start any work without consulting an Architect. There will be many Architects who would love this kind of beautiful old buildings and they might give you advice for free or you could always walk to an Architecture college where the final year students can guide you very easily and I am sure they’ll not charge more than few cups of tea 😊. Most of all if house owner themselves start taking care of the buildings then Camp will become more beautiful and a touristy area of Pune. The entire world might just come & visit Camp or may be learn about it in history books. 😊 We need to preserve our Heritage.
Next time when you visit Camp while walking on MG Road just look up and observe the beautiful balconies, I am sure you’ll also fall in love with Camp just like me.
Sharing some amazing photos of the Camp Area.
Love your City just the way you love your home.