When it comes to maintenance works in India, the dominant activity is digging. Not only will you never know where or when digging will start, often you’ll never know why either. Your street can be normal one day. The next day, it can be full of holes, or even worse, partially dug up.
That’s exactly what happened to my street. A couple of months ago, I walked out onto the road, only to discover that half of it had been dug up. Not just a small part of it, but most of the road. It resulted in my two way street being turned into a one way street. Half of the street is still dug up. Except now, it’s the other half.
Apparently, the road wasn’t draining well during the monsoon. So, workers have been slowly and painstakingly raising it. Every bit of backbreaking work is performed manually, by hand, during the heat of the day
This whole thing is just another incident in India that’s left me mystified. I have no idea how it’s all going to come together, not to mention how much time it will take. The road is majorly uneven, and it took them two months just to raise one side of it.
I took these photos when it was quiet on Sunday. However, during the week, it’s a dusty mess. There are frequent traffic jams, as people constantly disregard the No Entry sign and force their way in. I really wonder whether it will ever be a whole strip of flat road ever again!
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