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Old Couple in Hyderabad Spends Pension Money to Repair Potholes

The Katnam's have repaired more than 2,000 potholes in the last 11 years, and spent about Rs 40 lakh.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Hyderabad couple with their pothole ambulance.</p></div>
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Gangadhar Tilak Katnam, a 73-year-old man, along with his wife, 64-year-old Venkateshwari Katnam, has set out on a unique mission. To help save lives in Hyderabad, they have shelled out money from their own pensions to repair the potholes in their area.

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Donned with all the equipment to fix the potholes, the couple sets out in their car, called the 'pothole ambulance' and fix potholes wherever they see them.

In a statement to ANI, Gangadhar said, "After witnessing several accidents on the roads because of potholes I decided to do something about the issue and find a solution to it."

He even said he tried to contact authorities about the issue and find a solution to it. "Initially, I tried to complain about the issue with the police and the municipality officials but none of it was of any use. That is when I decided to fill the potholes by myself."

A retired employee of the Indian Railways, Gangadhar started working in a software company after 35 years of service. Since then, he has also been filling potholes.

"I am managing the finances of this initiative from the pension that I receive. All the material that is required for the task is bought using money from my pension. For the last 11 years, I was able to fill nearly about 2,030 potholes in and across the city and spent about Rs. 40 lakh on it," he said in a statement to Economic Times.

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