Meet Hyderabad’s the ‘Road Doctor’ Gangadhara Tilak Katnam, who makes your ride smooth

Meet Hyderabad’s the ‘Road Doctor' Gangadhara Tilak Katnam, who makes your ride smooth


Mr. Gangadhar Tilak Katnam a resident of Hydershakote near Rajendranagar, Hyderabad was a Senior Section Engineer in South Central Railways. He had put in 35 years of service at railways. True to his nature of well disciplined he was not ready to accept anything with ‘status quo’ attitude and used to question anything wrong in the system. As a consequence, he was involved in elevating the safety standards of signaling systems in railways.

It was on January 19th, 2010, Tilak decided to take up his mission of repairing the potholes by utilizing weekends. He got equipped with a crowbar, spade, and broomstick available in his car 24/7. His hunt for potholes would start on weekends and used to return back home with a sense of accomplishment. But this part-time role as ‘Doctor of Potholes’ didn’t suffice his urge to reshape the roads of Hyderabad; On July 31st, 2011, he quit his job at IT company and took up the role of Pothole repairer in full time. Daily he invests 500 INR as fuel expense for his car and starts hunting for fresh potholes. Approximately he has repaired 1125 potholes and has obtained No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Home Ministry to carry Spade and Crowbars in his car. The local authorities also have lauded Mr. Tilak’s service and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation GHMC- Commissioner Mr. M.T Krishna Babu had instructed his men to provide Tilak with necessary vehicles and raw materials to carry out his mission.

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