I had the first-hand experience of traveling by road through the beautiful land of Kerala from its capital city of Thiruvananthapuram to its financial hub, Kochi, a distance of little over 200km. It was a Saturday, so the schools were closed and so were many offices. We left Thiruvananthapuram at around 7 am to beat what little traffic there might be on a weekend. Yet, the journey took us a whopping six hours! The same distance took me less than four hours a couple of years back – a sure sign that the infrastructure has not kept up with the increasing demand. The primary reason for the long delay is the pathetic condition of the roads. Kerala has been blessed with plenty of rain leaving the state lush and green like no other state in India, but it also requires that roads be constructed to survive the frequent rains. However, this has clearly not been the case, as I soon realized.
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