News Desk, Amar Ujala, Hyderabad
Published by: Priyanka Tiwari
Updated Mon, 19 Jul 2021 12:54 PM IST
Hyderabad-based Gangadhar Tilak and Venkateshwari Katnam, an elderly couple, have so far filled 2030 potholes on the roads in the last 11 years, for which they have spent Rs 40 lakh so far. For this work they use their pension money.
Gangadhar Tilak Katnam and his wife Venkateshwari Katnam have been working to fill potholes in Hyderabad for 11 years.
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There are many examples of social service on the strength of sacrifice and struggle, but in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, an elderly couple has set such a unique example of social service that people are proud of this couple. The social service of this couple has also dealt a blow to the Telangana administration and Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. In fact, Gangadhar Tilak Katnam and his wife Venkateshwari Katnam, who live in Hyderabad, have been filling road potholes with their own pension money for the last 11 years. According to the couple, so far they have filled 2000 pits across the city.
People call them by the name of road doctor
Gangadhar Tilak Katnam, 73, is also known as “Road Doctor” from Hyderabad. He has a car, which he calls a ‘pothole ambulance’. He goes out on the road with his wife and fills up any pits he finds. Gangadhar took this initiative when his complaints had no effect on the officials. He saw that road accidents were increasing day by day due to potholes, so he himself started working to fill those potholes along with his wife.
left job to fill road potholes
Let us tell you, Tilak was an employee in the Indian Railways for 35 years. After retiring he came to Hyderabad to work as an engineer in a software company. Later, Tilak also left the job of a software engineer to fill the potholes in the road. According to Gangadhar, he arranges the necessary money for this work from his pension.
Cherub 2 thousand pits filled in 11 years
“I have filled about 2,030 potholes in this city along with my wife in the last 11 years, which has cost around Rs 40 lakh,” he said. At present, in view of Gangadhar’s work, the government officials have stepped forward to help him by providing him necessary materials. Gangadhar revealed that he also runs an organization called ‘Shramdhan’ for this cause, where people can donate voluntarily.