Your neighbourhood speed breaker could kill you

Only an estimated 5% of India’s speed breakers are made according to norms. The rest pop up without warning, posing a threat to your back, car or worse

“If you have five minutes, I want to show you something.”

Vivek Velankar walks me out of his house and into his neighbourhood. It’s 11 a.m. on a weekday but the streets of Patwardhan Baug are empty. The bungalows and apartments are quietly blushing with autumn colours. Somewhere, a dog is barking lazily.

All this is a welcome relief in a city like Pune, where cafes are taking over chai-kattas (hang-out spots), and the old wadas (bungalows) are counting their days before glass-front towers come up in their place. A high-speed bus corridor is being tried out in some places; …


Omkar Khandekar

Omkar specializes in long-form narrative features and has reported from India, the UK, Germany and the Maldives. He writes across beats, from politics and crime to cinema and sports. His works have been published in Indian and international outlets including The Caravan, Mint Lounge, the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post.

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