From where do the ordinary citizens get motivation to do something for the country?
Read about Gangadhara Tilak Katnam, 66, and you'll know.
A resident of Hyderabad, Gangadhara visits every corner of the city to fill potholes. He has filled 1,124 potholes in last two years.
Know how all it began for the retired senior engineer from south central railways.
"After working for the South Central Railway for 35 years, I retired in October 2008 and spent some time off in 2009, also travelling to the US to meet my son. In January 2010, I came back and settled down in Hydershakote in Hyderabad and took up a job as a consultant in a software agency," Tilak said.
But things changed, one fine day. While going to office, his car entered a water-filled pothole. The mud water splashed on the uniforms of school children who were passing from there. Some accidents followed. Though he complained to local municipal corporation to repair potholes that caused accidents, none listened.
But one accident changed his lookout.
Source:The NEWS Minute
"It was near Langer House in the Old City area of Hyderabad where I saw an accident occur. An RTC bus rammed into an auto, crushing one person to death. I was horrified by what I saw and realised that if someone had filled the pothole, a life could have been saved," Tilak said.
He kept his tools in the bag and moved out of the house to repair roads. This became his daily routine.
Since then, he has been repairing potholes for which he has received international recognition.
A website 'Pakistan Defense Forum' mentioned about him while quoting Mahatma Gandhi's famous words, 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' The BBC channel interviewed him in addition to different newspapers and TV channels. He is definitely a - Road Star.
Tilak says it is important to change the mindset of the people. "If we leave it all on the government to do everything, things will never change the way we want," he said.
Tilak has launched an Initiative called, 'Shramaadaan', under which young students and adults voluntarily repair potholes with him. The local civic body has supported his initiative wherein it supplies repair material to him. Rest, he manages with his pension money.
He does not accept donations or funds. He spends everything from his pension money. Also, his family (daughter and son) provides him all the support for his initiative.
He is called the 'Road Doctor' by people who know him.
His wife Venkataswari does not work with him but gives him moral support to carry on his work, his mission.
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