Not only are potholes annoying, but they can also be extremely dangerous. If you hit one with your car unexpectedly, you could cause damage to your car. If you accidentally drive over one in a motorcycle or similar vehicle, the end result could be devastating.
One day 12-year-old Ravi Teja witnessed a fatal accident caused by a pothole. The fatality was a baby. When Ravi realized the baby’s death could have been prevented he decided to do something.
Potholes littered the streets of Ravi’s hometown of Hyderabad.
Hyderabad: Moved by recent death of a toddler in his state, 12-years-old takes it upon himself to fill potholes on Habsiguda's main road. pic.twitter.com/GCHHFixslI
— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2017
After seeing firsthand how dangerous the road conditions were in Hyderabad, India, Ravi took it upon himself to solve the problem. The son of a construction worker gathered rocks of various sizes and placed them into the deep holes scattered throughout the streets.
“[I] don’t want anyone to die this way, [I] will continue filling potholes,” he told ANI.
Ravi filled the potholes with rocks he gathered.
According to reports, the boy spent hours dodging traffic and laying stones on the road. Many said he didn’t even appear to be bothered by the vehicles whizzing past or the pollution which surrounded him.
Those who saw what Ravi did praise the boy.
Locals took to social media to praise the schoolboy for his efforts, especially since the pothole situation in Hyderabad is extremely poor. In July 2017, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation recorded over 18,500 potholes on the city’s 5,500 miles of roads.
Citizens of Hyderabad have complained for years about the issue, but the government rarely fixes the problem. It is usually people like Ravi who fill the potholes.
Many commented on Ravi’s actions saying that even a 12-year-old boy was acting more responsible than government officials.