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Gangadhara Tilak Katnam: The Hyderabad man’s inspiring story gets nation’s attention

Gangadhar Tilak Katnam (Road Doctor)

Virender Sehwag, the man who once ruled our hearts with his volatile batting is now doing the same with his Tweets. Every now and then Sehwag shares some inspiring stories and information on twitter and sometimes he even plays strokes in twitter with his trade mark punches. This morning he came up with an inspiring story of Gangadhara Tilak Katnam which made him in news again for his social service.Gangadhara Tilak, people call him as “Road Doctor”, who is born in a farmer’s family in Yernaduem village in the West Godavari district. Since 31st July 2011, the retired senior section engineer of the Southern Railways has been travelling the city and filling every pothole he spots. Tilak has filled a staggering 1,124 potholes so far.

“After  working for the South Central Railway for 35 years, I retired in October 2008 and spend 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,” says Tilak, talking about his beginnings.

Talking about the incident that made him to do the mission of filling path holes.. and started an initiative called Shramdaan

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Talking about this, Virender Sehwag, in a series of tweets, talked about the work Katnam is doing. “Have you heard of Gangadhara Tilak Katnam. After retiring from Railways, he spends his time repairing the potholes on Hyderabad roads,” he posted in the first tweet.

It happened like this as per Sehwag. “One day while driving his car, he fell into a pothole & splashed muddy water on to a few street kids nearby. He felt ashamed and spent 5000 Rs from his own pocket and filled the pothole.This incident moved him and since then he is a man on a mission,” Sehwag said.

The former Indian opener added that Katnam carries at least 8 to 10 bags of tar every day. “Gangadhara ji carries 8-10 gunny bags full of tar mixed gravel and wherever he spots a pothole he fills it. Salute to his dedication!” he said in the final tweet.

Do you inspired by the story of Gangadhar Tilak Katnam like Virender Sehawag? You can also participate in Tilak’s initiative “Shramdaan” by visiting his fb page ( or contact his in his website

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Ashok Kumar

Dr. Ashok Kumar is Chemistry Professor, Blogger, Film maker, Writer and Traveler.

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