Meet the senior citizen, who spends his pension money and weekends in filling up the potholes on roads
Gangadhara Tilak Katnam, retired railway officer, who has filled over 1125 potholes in Hyderabad, for the last 15 years. Gangadhara Tilak Katnam has been using his pension money to continue this noble cause.
In 2010, on a fateful day, while trying his best to move his Fiat car out of the potholes on the road near to his home, he could not help splashing muddy water from one of the potholes onto the neatly starched uniform of a little girl, who was on her way to school along with her mother. He got off the car and expressed his apology. That incident influenced Mr. Katnam so much that immediately he ordered six truckloads of ‘moram’ paying Rs.4200 from his own pocket and mended the entire road starting from his home.
After this incident, Mr. Katnam witnessed a very horrible incident where a very young man lost both his limbs. Another day, a collision of an Auto with an RTC bus damaged the auto and severely injuring its occupants. And the reason for all these pathetic accidents was primarily because of the bad roads.
Following Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy, ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world’ he embarked on a journey, which became a typical weekend ritual for Gangadhara Tilak Katnam. He started filling up the potholes on every Saturday and Sunday, since 19th January 2010. As soon as he found a pothole he got into the task of repairing the pothole with a crowbar, spade and gravel and tar mix.
Gangadhara Tilak Katnam spent hours checking what best can be done to ease out the pothole problem on the roads. No matter how busy or non busy road is, but this pothole man makes it sure to fill the potholes. Instead of complaining and talking, Gangadhara Tilak Katnam choose to find the solution and act upon it so that we all can have a safe road journey.