Gangadhara Tilak Katnam who is an engineer by profession, has a mission since 2010 – to fill the potholes of the city. Till now, Tilak has filled 1302 potholes in Hyderabad!
‘Road Doctor’, Gangadhara Tilak Katnam retired from South Central Railway a decade ago and used to spend his Diwali filling the roads.
Tilak has set up an organization called ‘Shramadaan’ ( which means offering physical help) which is aided by his family. It is extremely commendable that Tilak spends his pension in filling the roads of the city.
The idea of starting ‘Shramadaan’ clicked Tilak when he was working for a software firm after retirement from railways. Since then, he only does the work of filling the roads, carrying empty gunny bags in his car. While working in the software firm the engineer often skipped his lunch just to fill the potholes.
It is said that each and every story has a turning point and Tilak also had it. According to a report by News Minute, Tilak said, “I was driving to my first day of office when I ended up splashing dirty mud water on school going children after my car fell into a pothole on the road. Then a few more accidents followed at various places.”
In Hyderabad city, Gangadhara Tilak Katnam is called as the ‘Road Doctor’ who has filled the roads of the city non-stop, without any help or funds and donations for the work. He pays from his own pension for the work. Tilak’s son even spoke with the Commissioner of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and thereafter, Tilak was assured that the authorities would make amends.
Tilak once told the TOI, “Initially I used to pick up gravel from the roadside when a new road was being laid. Subsequently, I was not able to find any. I then requested contractors to at least sell me some gravel. Such potholes are dangerous. When the ride is smooth and suddenly one comes across a pothole, it becomes difficult and can result in deaths.”
Tilak has mentioned the condition of the road to the police on noticing such accidents but it was always dismissed in the FIRs. The person responsible can be held for it if the cops tell the civic officials to repair the road, but nothing as such ever happened so Tilak from then on has become the ‘The Road Doctor’ of the city.
Just like great freedom hero Bal Gangadhar Tilak is remembered in history, Gangadhara Tilak Katnam has also done deeds that are capable of stirring the revolution of today.
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