One of the annoyances about driving in Hyderabad ( aside from the traffic and maniac drivers) is the haphazardly and illegally placed speed breakers in the by-lanes and colonies. Apparently the residents are concerned about the safety of the children playing on the roads and placing multiple bumps in front of their homes apparently slows down speeding kill machines!!
I live near one such colony, and have to pass it to reach the main road. The only alternative is to choose a longer route, or to sneak out one night and level all the goddamn bumps :).
In a city where there is a dire lack of sidewalk’s, the roads are already crowed with pedestrians. Dodging these guys, the kids and then maneuvering the speed breakers is like playing a daily survival game.
What beats me though is that most of these colonies have parks and open yards, so why allow the kids to set up a cricket pitch in the middle of the road?? And if that’s how they choose to play, then shouldn’t the survival game be equally risky for the drivers and the players ?? Heartless yeah, unfair no.
You cannot live in a buzzing city, expect and ALLOW kids to play on the streets and then build stuff to decrease the chances of a kid being hit. These are exactly the kind of people who should never be allowed to stay in places that have roads, that would calm their sense of entitlement over public property.